captainwasabi09 wrote:Mr. Somebody wrote:
There's also a lot of applicants who work during college. I don't think this is a strong soft at all. And as someone who interned on the Hill I doubt its a strong soft either. Getting one of those is not that difficult and given the number of social science majors who eventually apply to law school, a lot of them have internships under their belt. I can't speak for interning in the Parliament though.
Work experience post-grad isn't necessarily a big soft either unless you're applying to NU. Examples of strong softs are - starting a business, being a Katrina victim, winning an Olympic medal, etc
If you want to know how strong your soft is, then just ask yourself how many other applicants are likely to have the same thing....
Would having a big role in a new journal be considered helpful? What I was thinking was, yes, the Journal I'm on is less established (just published inaugural issue yesterday), but it requires a higher level of commitment and innovation because we're still trying to figure stuff out. Also, the Journal is one of only three of its kind in the nation. I didn't mention this on my application which may be to my detriment. But how many of you have read a general-interest Asian Studies journal?
Also I'm a member of a young pre-law fraternity. I'm barred from election due to my graduation date, so I don't have an executive position, but I can safely say nobody is applying to Harvard this year with the same Greek letters. I'm hoping this intrigues the Adcomms.
Slightly convincing? Yay/nay
I think it shows initiative but no I wouldn't think starting a journal would be considered unique.... you are thinking too narrowly, other applicants will have started publications on their own, newspapers or websites or blogs. Other applicants will have been in fraternities, not necessarily the same one you are in. But I think extracurricular college activities like those are very vanilla.
Not trying to demean your accomplishments, I wish I did all that cool stuff when I was in undergrad.
Anyways, I'm not an adcom. You can include it in your application and talk about it, but just don't count on it making a difference.