Find an Angle

If you're like most people, however, your life story might well lack significant drama, so figuring out a way to make it interesting becomes the big challenge. Finding an angle or "hook" is vital. For example, a law school applicant with ordinary grades but outstanding credits in other areas might choose to present herself as follows, emphasizing exceptional athletic prowess and relevant work experience in order to distinguish herself: "As a former college tennis star, now playing on the women's professional circuit, I am in a position that many athletes would covet. If 1 want, I can earn a living in pro sports. For most, this would be a dream come true. In my own case, however, I have decided—after working as a paralegal in a law firm—that 1 can make a more significant mark as an attorney, winning my battles not on tennis courts but in courts of law." This would provide an offbeat and memorable introduction to such an applicant's story.

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