... and that you don’t want to write.
“Since early childhood, I have been an over-achieving perfectionist. Not content simply to excel at everything I have done, like be the president of the school paper and work for my state senator while maintaining a 4.0 GPA, I wanted to share my wonderfulness with the less fortunate. So I also have an extensive background in public service. I recognize that there are certain skills that one needs to excel as a lawyer, so I have acquired those, as well, by doing A, B, and C. Now I am primed to enter law school. Admission to [—-] Law School will be the culmination of my decade of effort - nay, the laurel wreath crowning my wonderfulness.”
From an exasperated law school admissions official via Anna Ivey’s pre-law blog.
Check out some of my tips on how you do want to write your personal statement here (and look for an expansion of the personal statement section of my website later this summer).