I wrote this blog post in February but I was hesitant to post it so soon. I had just begun to hear back from law schools and I didn’t want to jump the gun on how I dealt with waiting for admissions decisions. Now that I’ve heard from 7 of the 8 law schools that I have applied to I feel comfortable sharing this blog.
“It is February. [Obviously, it’s April now] All of my law school applications are submitted and complete. As I write, admissions officers all over the country are probably hard at work trying to determine which of the thousands of applicants they will accept, waitlist or reject. I can’t help but imagine this process as I wait for their decisions regarding my applications.
I have imagined the uncompromising admissions officer who looks at my GPA and LSAT score then decides if he or she wants to continue reading my application or toss it in a wastebasket with the other rejects of the day. Fortunately, I have been told that most, if not all, law schools do not conduct their admissions processes in that manner. *Sigh of relief*. I have imagined my application against two other applicants battling to the death for the final seat in the entering class. Most times, I try to imagine my application in the hands of an admissions officer who will look at my application holistically and understand how my strengths compensate for my weaknesses and how every aspect of my application intertwines with each other. Of course, this is the ideal admissions officer. Even though I have proofread my personal statements hundreds of times, (I’m pretty sure I’ve committed them to memory by now), I can only pray that my story is perceived in the manner that I’ve intended.
No matter how many dramatic scenarios I cook up in my dynamic mind, I have no idea which type of admissions officer is actually reading through my application at the moment, or if they haven’t even gotten to it yet, or if they’ve read my application and made a decision but are waiting to notify me of this decision. I can only wait and pray. Praying helps with the waiting.
However, I have to put my apprehensive thoughts to the side and remind myself that these decisions are not the end-all-be-all of my career as a lawyer. I have already been accepted to a handful of law schools. As I awaited the decisions from these schools, I alleviated my stress with the notion that even if I got denied by every school that I had applied to, I could still apply during the next application cycle. Many prospective students will overlook this option because they are in a rush to begin law school and ultimately their careers. I was one of those people until I was forced to take a gap year that helped me gain a new perspective on “the rat race”. I say this to emphasize the fact that we do not have to race the clock as future law students and lawyers. Reminding yourself that you can still achieve your goal of attending your dream law school even if you are denied entry one year can put things into perspective and make the waiting game less stressful.
On a more positive note, I like to offset the anxiety with enjoyable activities. The fact of the matter is that it will take approximately 8-10 weeks for most law schools to render a decision. In order to keep myself from overthinking, I keep myself occupied. Consider picking up a new hobby or reviving an old one. I like to write blogs, read other blogger’s articles, brainstorm new blog topics, journal, read new books, work on home projects, et cetera. If you are working, you may want to consider taking on a new project that will demand your focus and consequently keep you from checking your email for decisions every 15 minutes.”
I decided to post this blog because I wanted to reach out to people in a similar predicament and provide some comfort and give advice on how to stay positive and worry-free, or at least as worry-free as humanly possible given the situation, while awaiting decisions.
– Kayla J. Phillips