If you’ve been following along, you’ll know that I have been attempting to go to law school. I started studying for my LSAT in January 2019, took the test in June 2019, and applied to 5 different schools July 2019. I have now received all my decisions back and they have all been denied. Here’s how I’m dealing with it and my advice on rejection.
As much as this sucks, I do have a plan. Retake the LSAT, apply sooner, and get in. That’s it. That’s the plan. And yes, Elle Woods, it is hard.
Some things I’ve learned from being rejected 5 times in the last month:This rejection isn’t held against me.
This rejection isn’t held against me
In fact, most people are denied acceptance the first time they apply to law school, nursing programs, or pass their teaching certifications.
This gives me more time to identify weaknesses within my application and improve my LSAT score. Working hard and trying again shows integrity – which most people expect a good lawyer to have. This also gives me time to have more professional experience. I can spend another semester, or year, improving my knowledge in the media/law field so that I can be better prepared for my first year.
Being a seasoned candidate works for me
My GPA in college wasn’t great, but it wasn’t terrible either. In fact, I’m quite average with my 3.225. I never made the Dean’s or President’s list and didn’t participate in 53 extra-circulars. I was in a sorority, I worked a part-time retail job, and I went to school for General Studies.
However, I shined in my sorority by holding many positions, worked my part-time job for four years without lacking, and broadened my education by taking whichever courses interested me. In fact, one semester I took Marine Biology (hard af), Puppetry (my dad still questions this), Videography (seems to still be beneficial), and Advanced Public Speaking (easy A) – tell me what direction I thought I was headed, please.
It’s been almost 3 years since I graduated from college and I’ve had plenty of amazing experiences. From Walt Disney World and campaigning for the Governor of Oklahoma to writing social media at an Ad Agency and starting my own blog.
I have a good head on my shoulders and I have ~real world~ experience – this is going to work for my advantage.
It never hurts to try
I could be rejected again the next time I apply, I have to be very aware of this. I knew this first round it would be tough and I was ready for the tiny envelope they send the rejection letters in. It still sucks, don’t get me wrong, but I’m not heart broken.
Even if I fail and I never make it to law school, I have other, great things going for me.
I have an amazing job right now! I work for and with the best people who challenge me to learn new things, write every day, and make me laugh – whether they know all these things or not.
I have an amazing, supportive, and handsome man that I get to marry next summer regardless of whether I’m in school or not.
My family supports and loves me in unimaginable ways. I can’t even begin to fathom how they deal with me.
My life is good and these rejections don’t define my intelligence, creativity, or my ability to go as far in this short life.
Rejection sucks and we all have to deal with it eventually. That promotion didn’t go through, the girl you asked out said no, or maybe no one is reading your blog. It happens.
Move on and try, re-try, and try again.