Law School

The choice is mine

It’s over.

The agonizing wait is over.

Let’s re-cap, shall we?

I started preparing for law school during my junior year of undergrad and never thought I’d be where I am now. It has taken me two years to get where I am now, and it’s an amazing feeling. I took the LSAT three times. Yes, you read that correctly: THREE times. I’ll never forget when I took it the first time: Dan and I had to drive to Gainsville, I had barely studied, and decided to cancel my score anyway even after that brutal drive at 4 am. The second time I took the test I poured my heart and soul into studying, but when it came to test day my nerves destroyed my focus. I know that test’s material like the back of my hand, but I struggled so much with timing and nerves. I almost gave up after that second time, but decided to give it one more go after a session of crying. I revamped my studying and took it again. My score revealed a much more calmer Jen. I was so happy. If I would have approached the test the way I did the third time I don’t think there would have been a second or third time. Don’t ever give up.

After the LSAT, I waited a brutal three weeks after the test for my score…TWICE! It was the most painful waiting I have ever experienced. It was worse  than any other waiting I had done before. Probably because it had so much to do with the outcome of my future.

But that was just the beginning. I applied to all  schools at the end of December . That was a pretty late start considering I really wanted all applications out by October. I had my personal statement and all applications prompted. All I had to do was click “submit.” And then, the wait started again.  I waited a total of about seven months from start to finish for answers from the 21 schools I applied to.  I ended up being accepted to about 10 schools, waitlisted at 9 and rejected at 2. If I could do it over again I would have applied to more “reach” schools. I did apply to about 4 of them, but I think if I would have tossed a wider net I would have been surprised. The school I’m attending was a borderline target/reach school for me. It was such an amazing learning and growing experience.

So, after lots of debate and anticipation I will be attending Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago, IL. Kent is a solid school even with law giants Northwestern and U of C looming. It holds it’s own in the city. I’m beyond excited. In my two years of preparation I have done more research than you can imagine. I know what this journey entails, and I welcome it with open arms. I’m attending on a decent scholarship (attending a school at sticker is a gamble in this economy save for your top 10 or so–besides, I’m pretty debt averse), with a chance to increase that scholarship if I do well in school. It’s in a great area for both Dan and I, and I feel like I can finally spread my wings. It’s going to be quite a journey, and there will be ups and downs, but I have wonderful friends and family who love and support me. That’s all I can ask for.

If there’s one thing Dan and I really have in common it’s our focus on success. We both have an insatiable hunger to succeed in life, to find our niche in the world doing something we love. We push each other, and I’m forever grateful for that.  We don’t just “settle”. How is that life? One of my favorite quotes says, “I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” That’s exactly how I feel. I want to go as far as I can even if it takes time or struggle. Nothing in life is easy, but you’ll never get there if you don’t ever try.


2 thoughts on “The choice is mine

  1. Congratulations. I, myself, am re-taking the LSAT again this October. I am hoping to improve even a few points. Your post is inspirational and I hope you are enjoying your time in Chicago. I started this whole process my junior year of undergrad too. I applied to eight schools and was rejected from seven of them. Although I am having trouble not getting too discouraged, reading this has been truly motivating and I wish you all the best.

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