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  1. Yes, that is exactly what I am struggling with. I feel hesitant to cuss because it feels unprofessional. On the other hand, the admissions committee may feel how shocking and degrading the experience was if they can be uncomfortable upon reading the word in context. That may help them understand my point of view and well, me. Especially because I think I handled it well. I will continue to ponder a way around it. I agree with the statements that there should be a way to convey the message differently. I wish to be deliberate about the personal statement, rather than including a word because I couldn’t find a way not to. Then in that way, I will have two personal statements to choose from and it will be a decision I intentionally make understanding the impact and possible consequences of either choice. Applications are a long way away, but I will follow up with whether or not I included the cuss and what became of my application. Thank you again for all of your diverse takes on this. Sorry to those that were interested in the word itself. I chose not to share that part because I didn’t want this to turn into a gawker type discussion. I mean no criticism for those that were interested in the word for interest sake. I would have been as well, but I think leaving it out allowed people to think about the question more objectively. Appreciate the time you all have spent providing your insights.
  2. Thank you again for all of your thoughtful responses. I recognize it is a risk. I am not overly comfortable with cussing in general, especially in writing, and not with something this formal and significant. The problem is I think the gravity of how this word was used against me doesn’t translate unless I quote the word itself. I will go back to the drawing board and find a way. It was a derogatory word used by a more privileged person than I in an attempt to essentially put me back in my place in front of a large group of people. I will continue to think through it and avoid the use of a cuss word. Thank you!
  3. Hmm thank you for the thoughts on this. Censoring it like s#*!?
  4. I would normally not consider cussing in a personal statement, an essay or really anything I write these days in fact. And it’s clearly out of place in a formal written piece, but I have some reasons as to why I am considering it: 1. it is a direct quote from someone else 2. including it allows me to demonstrate the point I am making and 3. to explain the term I would have to use far too many words thereby eating up my word count. I used, I intend to quote it. What are your thoughts on cussing in a personal statement?
  5. I too was rejected via email today. I’m a discretionary applicant. Although I wish I had received an offer, I am actually completely okay with the outcome. I’ve thought about this possibility a lot and because life is a complicated and mysterious thing, it’s really hard to know when seemingly bad news is in fact so. I wish the best to all and am interested to see what other opportunities comes of this. Time will only tell.
  6. I took it as mistertubby just joking around. If there’s a way to follow you @mistertubby, I’m going to do it! Thanks for the laughs!
  7. I’d like to offer an alternate opinion concerning the question of kids while attending law school. Start your family on your terms knowing there is no “perfect time”. There will always be challenges with becoming a parent. Certainly family planning is helpful to some degree, but I think now a days there’s an idea to you can simply decide upon a perfect timeline. We cannot control a number of factors involved in starting a family, so delaying until you’ve accomplished this or that is assuming you have more control over the process than you do and could prove regrettable. It is certainly possible to already have a family by the time you start law school or to start a family while pursuing law school (ie. giving birth to a baby, welcoming a baby into your life via your partner giving birth or adopting a baby). Plenty of people have done so successfully and then bring a different perspective to their education than they otherwise would have. Good luck with your decision between a masters or law school. And enjoy your future family!
  8. If you don’t apply, you have zero chance. I think you should give it a shot regardless of how you think you stack up against other people. Good luck to you! 👍
  9. Hi there lawhopeful3, I might be reading between the lines here and making an incorrect assumption, so correct me if I am wrong. I get the impression you are trying to gauge the amount of effort you can get away with during your last semester. My recommendation as a mature student 10 years out from my undergraduate degree is absolutely aim for the highest marks possible for you. Life will present tons of twists and turns and having the highest GPA you can muster will only ensure you have more opportunities. Personally I’m very happy with my GPA as it gives me the chance to basically apply anywhere and be competitive. Give yourself the very best chance by working hard to obtain your best GPA. Future you will thank you. Good luck in your last semester and in your future JD! 💪
  10. I don’t think it’s a problem at all. You’re in a great spot since you have a school at the moment. Congrats! If your dream school offers you a spot, you can jump on it. UVic gets to keep the deposit if you pull out, so I wouldn’t worry about them. It’s not their first rodeo and they know how it works. Out of curiosity, did you apply in the regular category or discretionary category at UVic? I ask because I applied discretionary and am sort of keeping an eye out to see when discretionary applicants are offered spots. I know it’s “later” for UVic but I don’t really know what that timeline really looks like.
  11. Yes, the wait is awful. I’ve had a lesson in patience which I am now comfortable with with. I applied discretionary in September and all of my supporting documents were provided in October, so it’s been a long haul. It bothered me a lot in January to not know, but now I’m truly at peace with waiting and whatever the outcome may be. I understand from this forum that discretionary applicants hear back later on the season. I don’t know what “later” is defined as. And I don’t know if applying to the JD/JID changes the timeline in any way. I imagine speaking of your disability is not something you do with people you don’t know, so I can understand why you would feel so vulnerable after sharing. All of the best to you and I hope you hear back soon.
  12. Your stats are above average, so that alone makes you very competitive. Your application was submitted at the latest date possible and your final documentation was only provided to the admissions committee two weeks ago. I imagine they simply have not yet gotten to it. Hold tight! I’m sure they just need time to get through all of the applications and nothing else. Good for you for achieving such high stats in spite of your health concerns! I imagine that was no easy feat.
  13. I’m at decision pending as well. I’m looking at the positive aspect of it. I suppose I am not a shoo in to the faculty, but on the other hand I’m not a shoo out. Fingers crossed!
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