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February 24, 2013

what does a number actually say?

Last Monday Pre-Law Society hosted a panel made up of Clark alums who are now attending law school.  They discussed their experiences both at law school and with the process of applying to law school.  Afterwards the executive board of Pre-Law Society, the alums, and our faculty advisor, Professor Mark Miller, all went to Peppercorn’s to eat dinner.  Peppercorn’s is this great, slightly pricier restaurant just off campus.  It was pretty great to get a meal on Clark’s tab there.

So besides the terrific seafood risotto I indulged in, while we were there I also had the opportunity to really ask some pretty personal questions about how these former Clarkies experienced the LSAT and did it successfully.  The LSAT is the law school admissions exam and it is the standardized test of all my worst nightmares.  It feels like an understatement to use words like “terrified,” and “freaking out” to describe how I feel about taking this test.  It feels ridiculous that this number is going to determine the rest of my life because no single number from one single exam can ever describe the whole of a human being.

Fortunately for all you prospective Clarkies out there, a silly standardized testing score doesn’t have  to determine ANYTHING about you at Clark.  Clark is a test-optional school, so if you want to submit your SAT or ACT scores you can do that but if you don’t want to than you don’t have to.  If you feel like your score represents you well submit em’, if you don’t feel that way you can go ahead and forget about that Saturday afternoon you spent taking it.  Clark looks at the whole of a student, as an individual.  So what you should focus on is not what you think some college counselor wants to see.  Think about what you’ve been doing the past four years.  Think about who you are now and how those experiences shaped you.  Lastly, think about the big question of where you’re going or where you want to go.  If you do this and you’re honest with yourself you’ll end up where you are meant to be.  I apologize for how corny this post got, but I think there’s a lot of truth to it.  Best of luck guys!

PS don’t just take my word for it.  Here’s the official word on being test optional from the Dean of Admissions, Don Honeman. check out this article!

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