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It’s Not the School, It’s YOU

I found this site earlier and was truly pleased with what I have read, so I would like to share something with others, too. I recently graduated from college, and am currently applying for law school. I graduated with honors from a good school, which is why I thought I could get into the law school of my dreams. I did not bother to apply anywhere else because my mind was set on only one school. This school has a reputation as one of the best schools in the country, it caters to many socialites which is probably why they say that students are only those who have both brains and bucks.

Imagine my dismay when, four months later, I found out that they have rejected my application. I asked for a reconsideration, but it was of no use. I only had a few more weeks left before the next semester of law school starts; luckily I was able to catch the last batch of entrance exams on other law schools. At first I didn’t want to continue anymore, but that would be foolish. My goal was to be a lawyer, not a graduate of a certain school. I kept on thinking about this, although I couldn’t truly convince myself of it. I learned that a classmate of mine—one who was always either late or absent, who focused more on dating than going to school, who crammed for his thesis while we were all celebrating for the success of our thesis defense and, one who belonged to a wealthy family and is the nephew of a high ranking official of our country—got in.

A few days earlier, the faculty secretary of one of the schools I have applied to gave me enlightening words. Things that I know, but chose to ignore, and I realized that she was right. The school would not make me; my success lies with me, not with my school. She told me to gage myself, would I want my resume to appear as “just another graduate of this good school” with which the credits go to the school which I am from? Or, would I want the people who sees my resume to see my achievements, my excellence, and not the institution’s?

The society, even the school institutions, always give great value to people with wealth and influence, but this should not stop anyone from proving that they too have so much more to offer. Now, I do not need to convince myself or remind myself of my true goal, for it is clear to me now. I have set myself to be the best lawyer that I could be, and I don’t need a school’s great reputation to do it for me nor to hinder me from it.

At first glance, one’s background may blind others, but in the long run, it wouldn’t matter. Because at the end of the day, it’s just you. What you know, what you’ve learned and what you’ve set yourself to be.