Here's my PS. Please critique. I'd be happy to swap with anyone (3.77 gpa, 162 LSAT). I'm afraid it sounds arrogant and doesn't communicate effectively.
I have dropped more than twenty pounds for a wrestling match, skateboarded down handrails of stair sets ten feet high, back-packed 76 miles in under one week, and even overcome falling ill to West Nile virus; but none of these achievements could ever measure up to the mental wrangling I experienced, gripping a rock wall with chalk-dusted hands 40 feet above the ground. At the behest of a friend, I had decided to give the sport of rock climbing a shot and soon learned a new lesson from the incredibly humbling capacity of the sport.
Having always been physically active, I figured this experience would be no different from my other athletic endeavors. I started my climb with relative ease and finesse. However, almost to the top, I suddenly experienced a crushing sensation of fear, self-doubt, and panic. The next portion of my climb would require a leap of faith, forcing me to grip holds with my fingertips and grunt my way over a final outcropping. “Just let go, the rope will catch you,” I thought to myself. “No!” I let out an embarrassingly weak “unngh” and lunged for the next hold. As I scrambled over the top and reached the end, I realized that it wasn’t so bad after all. Legs shaking and arms trembling, I felt a renewed sense of achievement. Despite the self-doubt and sense of limitation, I had conquered that rock face.
When I began examining myself to understand what distinguishes me as an ideal candidate for law school, I realized it was not only experiences like this one, but my desire to seek out these experiences that sets me apart from other candidates. Although an element of self-reinforcement motivates this behavior, the dominant driving factor behind my decisions has always been the desire to improve, achieve, and learn from new experiences. I thoroughly enjoy approaching new challenges and have learned to accept risk and the possibility of failure.
I entered college with a less mature version of this same attitude, seeking engaging and varied coursework in order to discover my true academic interests and potential. Though adjusting to undergraduate life proved challenging, I soon discovered an interest in international law and policy-making, accounting, and management. As I progressed, I developed an appreciation for the interactive group-oriented assignments in management classes and the research required for policy papers in political science courses. On this path of discovery I also found a mentor, xxxx, who encouraged me to tackle a senior honors thesis in my third year. Driven to reach the highest level of success in this venture, I submitted a copy for consideration by an awards panel and, to my great elation, received the Eckstein Award for Outstanding Honors Thesis. Never in my life had I ever experienced such a profound feeling of accomplishment and academic achievement, nor had I felt such strong motivation to continue my academic success.
Upon graduating I continued with this same mentality: rather than seek out entry-level employment until law school, I decided to utilize the practical accounting skills I had learned as an accounting minor to begin work as an accounting consultant. Although the process was slow and I received a good amount of rejection, within a few months I had managed to develop client base ranging from industrial fabrication to a newly established restaurant. I found working with small business owners to assist them with problem solving and development of business strategies exhilarating. Without a doubt, I have formed myself into a more confident individual with a strengthened belief in my ability to succeed as a result of these experiences.
This is the attitude that I will carry forward into law school. Through every experience in my life, whether good or bad, I have derived important lessons of my abilities, how I can succeed, and where I can improve. My interests in research and forming arguments and policy, combined with my strong drive to succeed in both the academic and professional setting will propel me through a successful experience in law school and a successful career in business law.
Thanks in advance
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