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Please sum up yourself in 500 words or less...

December 3, 2008 at 3:46 pm
By Marquita Davis


I am in the midst of completing law school and social work school applications. Just a little over four years ago I was in the same predicament completing undergraduate applications, and I was frantic thinking, "this will determine the rest of my life." Retrospectively, everything turned out well, but putting myself out there for other people to judge was scary.

This past summer I worked as an Admissions Fellow at Carleton interviewing potential applicants and got to see the other side of the fence, so to speak. Since then my own applications have become even more daunting because with law school there are rarely, if ever, any interviews. In other words, I have to sum up myself and the past four years and beyond of my life into a compressed file for admissions counselors to accept or reject.

The most frustrating part of the application for me is the personal statement. What do you write about? How long should it be? Does it really show "ME"? All these questions and about a million others like: "Should that be hyphenated? Is that superflous?" have run long, drawn out races in my head. Frankly, I'm hoping for a mental reprieve right about now. Yet as the deadlines loom near, I think about my application constantly (I even have dreams/nightmares lol). In the end, it's the people around me, my professors, advisors, family, and friends, who give me encouragement. I will write the personal statement that best represents me, and things will work out. Hey, they did fours years ago...


  • December 4 2008 at 12:53 pm

    Those darn applications... I'm trying to complete my Columbia app as we speak.  Best of luck, Qui-Qui (yup, I just referred to you as Qui-Qui on your admisions blog.).  I'll take to you soon.

    Many thanks,