An entirely new form of writing came to me as I finalized my law school personal statement. Academic essays stress the elimination of personal pronouns. Personal reflection essays, in my experiences, have emphasized an informal tone. Integrating personal promotion and reflection into an academically toned piece of writing has by far been one of the most challenging writing projects for me thus far. This semester, the majority of my writing has consisted of 200 word or less response questions on C-Tools, so creating an in-depth essay felt out of place for me this semester.
I decided to reflect on my experiences as a Social Responsibility Committee executive board member. For those of you not in Greek Life, SRC is essentially the Greek Life party police. We look for a host of requirements, including sober monitors and proper risk management procedures. I am responsible about 3 nights a month to go out and verify that all of the requirements have been followed.
Through reflecting on the various components of my experiences, I learned how much more I actually got from my experiences than I had realized. Initially, I decided to write about SRC because it encompassed ideas of policing, policy, and justice. It seemed like an easy place to start for a law school app. Through the process of self reflection, I learned so much more about the underlying lessons that I had learned. Without writing my personal statement, I would have reduced my experiences. However, I learned that the law is not just a written set of rules. The community at large gives the law a purpose and a heart.