r6_philly wrote:You should know that I will never be reality-shocked after everything prior to law school. But I guess not everyone knows that, so I understand how it may look. Most things I have done have to be far tougher than getting median at law school. If I was wrong (which I very well may be), then I will accept I suck at it.
You're misunderstanding everyone. Nobody is trying to say that you lack the necessary drive or determination to beat the curve. Nobody's saying you're not "tough enough". They're saying that toughness and drive is not what matters
. A top law school is going to select a class full of people who have demonstrated drive and determination. Many of them will show as much determination as you will. Some of them will beat you on the curve. Some won't be that dedicated in law school. Some of those who don't will still beat you on the curve.Law school success is not predetermined by the amount of drive or determination you have.
This is what people are trying to tell you, and they have reasons for doing so.
You do know based on my background, there is no way I won't be confident - for 10 years the mantra for my profession is "second place is the first loser"
I am not about to go change it now. If I wasn't confident, I would have chosen a safer path (and I have many of those).
The problem isn't that you're confident. Confidence is saying "I have what it takes to succeed." Most people who choose to go to a top law school have that kind of confidence and legitimately so. But that's the whole point. You're going into a program where everyone
(or at least nearly everyone) will have similar abilities and confidence, and they're your competition.
You know my background, and you know how much I've accomplished. I'm telling you that it's a mistake
to be that presumptive. It's good to be confident, but you're projecting yourself as someone presuming you will
succeed, and that only comes across as arrogant to people who've actually been through law school and know for certain that you can't make those kind of assumptions as a 0L.