Today, I finished with one of my final law school applicants for the year and I found myself having to resist the urge to burst into tears. I get really close to the kids I work with since we craft a personal statement that often takes several months of weekly meetings. Often, I have had these same students when they applied to college out of high school and then, in some cases, again when they completed two years at community college. In the case of the young man today, I have known him now for six years and this is our third time to spend quite a lot of time together. Like I said, it’s easy to get really bonded.
The good news is that after submitting his application to the University of San Francisco Law School last week, he has already received his first acceptance. In fact, this is the first year ever that several of my students have received acceptances within a week or two of sending off their applications. I, of course, think it has everything to do with their superlative personal statements, but I suppose their high GPAs and strong LSAT scores played at least some role. Whatever the case, there’s good news abounding for my writing students so I am very proud and happy.
My medical school applicants are also faring quite well, by the way, but that will merit another blog post in the near future.
I am grateful to have the privilege to help these wonderful young men and women take the next step in their careers and lives. It is a singular joy to watch them stretch, grow, and succeed.
It is definitely a good sign that I have a few happy tears to shed.