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Oct. 8th, 2006 | 10:14 pm
mood: contentcontent
music: The Cardigans - Super Extra Gravity (Album)

So, the worst part of being a College Senior is deciding what you want to do after school - it's an incredibly stressful and anxious time, because most of us have no idea what we want to do, or we don't want to leave this safety net we've known for 4 years (Well, by extension, since we were 5 or 6) and enter the "Real World".  I've majored in Accounting, which I don't regret - it's an incredibly versatile degree, but it's not what I love.  It's not what I want to do with my life, atleast yet.  Over the past few years, I've gradually started to like my major less and less, to the point where right now I actually hate it, and don't care about it.  Most people with my major find the great internship the summer before Senior Year, and then do on campus interviewing during the Fall and get the "great" job with one of the Big 4 Accounting Firms and prepare to work 90 hour work weeks.  I had no interest in getting an internship.  At all.  And the thought of getting a job and working that hard for one of the firms almost makes me sick -- it's not that I'm not willing to work hard (Lord knows I'm a hard worker), but I refuse to do it for something I don't believe in or feel passion for - or, at this rate, even have an interest in.

...Which brings me to where I'm at right now.  If you ask anyone who's been my friend since Middle School or High School, and they'll tell you that my plan was always to go to Law School.  Always.  It's always interested and fascinated me.  I entered college in a 1 Year Pre-Law program that I liked, but since there's no Pre-Law major or any continuation of it, I tried to find my niche educational wise.  I never wanted to major in Poly Sci or anything like that, and my natural progression went towards Accounting.  a lot of it had to do with the fact that I absolutely LOVED the two courses I took Sophomore year - they were both taught by an amazing professor who really inspired me to go down this path way.  It turns out she's going to be my Tax 2 professor next semester which I'm really excited about too.

As I progressed through undergrad, the thought and idea of Law School just faded into a distant memory.. I just didn't think I would want to do it.  So how did it come back to me? I randomly had a conversation about it with my Mom this summer, and she really put the idea back in my head.  

At first, I just brushed it off, but I've given it serious thought.  Now, I, Matt, have made a decision (I know, me, the person who can't decide where to sit in the dining hall or where to go out for lunch).  I'm planning on going to Law School! (I know you probably figured that out about 5 seconds into reading this but there's the OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT! haha).  So, I need to take the LSATs and stuff, and the next time they are offered are in December.  I could take them then, but I don't think that would be smart at all.  Most schools have deadlines for Fall '07 in January, and most have rolling admissions - which means most spaces will be filled by then, and my chances of getting in are even smaller.  Plus, I feel like I'd be a nervous wreck preparing for the LSATs, getting applications together, getting recommendations, etc etc - so the plan right now is to go in Fall 2008.  This way, I can relax, and do this the right and the way it should be done.

This may sound really ambitious, but I'm determined to go to a great school.  I'm not talking on Yale levels here, but I'm going to do everything in my power to go to a well known, outstanding, respectable school.  I love Albany, but it's a State School - and whether people admit it or not, I feel like there's a certain stigma and disrespect for that.  You know, I tell people I have a 3.85 GPA and they're impressed, and then they hear I go here and they're kinda like "Oh".  Actually, I've worked damn hard, thanks.  But I realize this also affects my chances of going to good Law Schools, because I don't think my 3.85 holds up to other people with lower ones at better schools.  So, this makes a great LSAT score even more vital - but I have confidence in myself that I can do it.  I know I can do it.

Since I'll be taking a year off, it's a fantastic chance to get some experience - I'm definitely going to get any kind of related job near home.  I think this will also enhance my application, and reaffirms my decision to wait.  I'm really lucky to live in Westchester.  

It's not going to be easy, but I'm gonna make this happen for myself - just you watch.  This is my dream.  Whether I've always realized it or not, this is what I've always wanted.  And isn't that the point of life? To do what you want to do, to live your dreams, and to do what makes you happy.  I'm not taking the easy road anymore, and I'm not going to compromise just for money or the path to a quick job.

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from: randriantastic
date: Oct. 9th, 2006 07:39 am (UTC)

Snoopy for you!! YOUGO!! I am so pleased for you, that you have a plan and know that this is what you want to do. I HAVE FAITH AND POSITIVITY IN YOU!! FLY LIKE A BIRD! SOAR WITH THE WIND!! :D:D:D

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from: theapplicant
date: Oct. 9th, 2006 08:39 am (UTC)

3.85 is awesome at any school you go to, so MEH to snobbery!

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