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The school got into a lawsuit with us, and it financially devastated my parents. We eventually settled out of court, but that was the moment where I realized how much it mattered to have a legal education.
I don't have some awesome story where I helped my poor family overcome adversity. The feeling that those lawyers knew so much more than I did made me think "I want to know what they know." And I still do.
However, I worry that since I am also applying to a school, after all, and since they would presumably have the same concerns that the school staff (and their school's lawyers) did then, that this topic is too risky. Virtually every topic about "what adcomms are looking for" gives an example of an adcomm generalizing heavily from some tiny aspect of your essay, and I'm not sure if I'm tying my own noose by giving them that kind of rope to work with.
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Yes, there is a risk. There could have been a thousand lawsuits proving that the rumors weren't true, but anyone reading your statement will still have that lingering thought in the back of their mind. "Maybe those students weren't making up a rumor. Maybe there's some truth to it." Then they are going to think about all of the horrible school shootings, especially since you also have ones that happened at a college.
I think it will be really important to help clear up some of those doubts they are bound to have. If you can show how, later in life, you used this experience to help someone else who was the target of a vicious rumor, that would be awesome. If not, it could still benefit from talking about what you have done as an adult to show that, no, you didn't spend your undergrad time hiding in a dorm room playing World of Warcraft. Talk about work experience or activities where you were on a team or worked as part of a large group. Distance yourself from that unfortunate image of the loner kid who might have some very dark, secret feelings.
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you ate fish at IHOP? How are you still alive?tilapiahollandaise wrote:Thanks for your advice, jessie. Those angles for this PS are amazing.
And yeah, I have a seductive avatar. I would usually study late-night at IHOP, and that menu item reminds me of them.
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