MKX wrote:Okay I come to you guys for advice because I just got a -11 in a LR section and am having a complete breakdown.
My dream school is Northwestern. I have a less than stellar gpa (3.4) so I need a good LSAT probably a 170+. 2 months ago I tested at a 150 and now im testing mid 160s, obviously not good enough yet. I have yet to hit a 170.
I am strongly considering postponing. My study habits were solid but not amazing. I know what I have to do. My concern is that taking in October may be too late for application process and it'll really hurt me since my GPA isn't ideal. I am considering postponing if it is not too late. I hope by October im averaging 180s on my pts. But a part of me is saying study like crazy these next 5days, go there Monday, do my best and hope for some luck to get a 170+. If I don't then just to retake in October. What do you guus think? Mental breakdown here...
Hey, you just need to take a step back and take a deep breath. When you hang out on forums like this, it's easy to think that not hitting the jackpot is some kind of failure. It's not. Most people don't go to a T14 school. Most people don't go to a T25, or even a T50. And despite the legal crisis and the attitude on most of TLS, the majority of those people end up okay.
I think it's a calming thing to realize that if you went to a school like Wisconsin or Wake Forest, then that'd be absolutely okay. You'd probably still become a lawyer, you'd probably still be alright.
The serenity comes when you realize that you are making a choice to push yourself the extra mile, to be better. You don't just want to be good, you want to be great. That's an admirable thing, and that's a choice that you are making that most people are too scared to make. I know it's a stupid saying when they say, "Shoot for the moon and if you miss you'll land among the stars." But it's true in this. If you don't get Northwestern, maybe you get BU or WashU.
You push yourself, and at the bare minimum, you don't have to grow old thinking, "What if I tried."