11.02.2006

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I went on my fourth job interview for a law job today. I happened to interview with a judge who went to the same high school as I did though he graduated in the 1970s and I graduated in 2000. While I don't know whether I got the job, we really hit it off because we both came from a working class background. Judge talked about how he was clueless when it came to what his post-graduate school career was like and if it wasn't for some luck and guidance from someone who did have a clue, he wouldn't be where he is now. This got me thinking. Well, the night before the interview, it occurred to me how clueless I was when I was applying to college. I am the first person in my family to go onto college. The process was daunting and it didn't help that I went to a massive high school that didn't have the time or resources to give me personal attention. I really had to figure out things on my own and it was hard because my parents couldn't help me at all even if they wanted to. I think I did a decent job. I ended up being accepted to most of the schools I applied to and went to a top liberal arts college in the north east. I wish that someone had been there to address my cluelessness. I wondered if there are resources out there that lays it out step by step and gives advice about the college application process. By no means am I an admissions officer or one of those educational specialists that get paid thousands of dollars to give you advice. I am someone who had to figure out the process on my own because I didn't have any friends or family who went to college before me. I made an effort to understand the college application process at the time. Now that I am done with college and finishing up law school, I've gained some perspective as to how one gains admission into a particular school. In my spare time, I also do alum admissions interviews and I have several friends who are now admissions officers. Sitting across from students at alum interviews and even sitting across from clients in a legal setting, I have learned the nuances of what makes for good interviews. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I wish I had some help when I was going through all that and I wanted to do my part and be a resource by putting it out there for those who are overwhelmed by this overwhelming process. Hope I can be helpful.

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