im in a bind and would really appreciate some critiques on the essay as a whole and proof read for grammar/punctuation. all law schools ask for a personal statement which is pretty open ended. basically it needs to convince them that i would be a good candidate for law school. i have a thick skin but thin on time, so dont hold back. thank you very much. The forecast had called for a cold but calm afternoon, for the more severe winter weather was not expected to arrive until nightfall. Therefore, I was surprised to be staring at a dark and troubled sky within hours of that optimistic outlook. Normally I would just seek security in my own home, but there was the dilemma; I was several thousand feet above the ground flying solo in a small plane. As a young pilot, my experience was limited but I knew two things: these clouds contained freezing rain, and popsicles can’t fly. The alternatives were bleak. Continuing on course risked flying into an ice storm and turning back entailed exceeding fuel endurance. This predicament demanded my full capacity for risk assessment and critical decision-making, for both options risked catastrophe. If there is one concept I have embraced most from aviation, it is the significance of making incisive decisions and the responsibility of living with their cost. Pilots live and die by their own judgment. This is illustrated by the old aviation adage, “there are good pilots and then there are dead pilots”. When I started flying, this ultimate level of accountability began to influence the way I perceived other things in life, forcing me to view my decisions not as a luxury but as a responsibility to myself and those who would be affected by them. Just like engine failures and electrical fires are part of aviation, an absent father can be a part of life. I am not unique in this respect, life is tough and everyone has problems. I have learned however, that neither in-flight emergencies nor personal trials are times for self-loathing, but rather for one’s finest performance and decision-making, for in all encounters with adversity, the outcome depends on how the individual confronts them. On the surface, aviation and law seem to have little overlap; making the news as an attorney is usually a good thing while making the news as a pilot usually means you crashed. However, after gaining a more intimate experience with the justice system, I recognized the monumental responsibility bestowed on those who wield the power of law. When my cousin was molested by his drama teacher at age twelve he faced an uphill battle. The teacher assumed my cousin would expose him, thus fabricating his own story to discredit the twelve-year-old. This pitted the word of a respected teacher against a troubled pre-teen’s, who could not even recount the event without shaking. With the administration against him, my cousin had to put all trust and hope in a lawyer. The lawyer’s decisions carried the burden of not only my cousin’s well being, but of finding justice for the teacher’s prior victims who were too traumatized to carry through with the prosecution, as well as preventing future victims. One guilty conviction and a fifteen-year-sentence later, these responsibilities were fulfilled with life-improving consequences for my cousin and our whole family. The ability to exercise sound judgment is a gift, as I know from first-hand experience that there are many who do not posses this blessing. After graduating, I began working as live-in with Carl, an Alzheimer’s patient whom I had met while working at the Pepperdine gym. A man who was a world-renowned artist and had once began a successful design corporation now needed my help putting his shoes on the right feet. How could he manage protecting his business and livelihood? Once again, I witnessed the powerful exchange of trust for responsibility between a lawyer and client. Even able-minded people can be helpless when it comes to making decisions that are beyond their ability to make wisely. As a member of the Choctaw Nation tribe with most of my family employed by the Choctaw Nation, I realize my community is in need of conscientious decision-makers. The Choctaw community has been permeable to every problem in society, which are amplified by poverty and alcoholism. While I am very proud of the initiatives and programs put forth by my tribe to help its own people, I would personally like to see greater access to competent legal council, and hope to fulfill this role with my law degree. I will continue to view life through the lens of a pilot. My cousin, Carl, and the Choctaw people have all been passengers on a plane they did not know how to fly. As the pilots, their lawyers were charged with the great task of landing them safely at their desired destination regardless of challenges or bad weather. Failing to achieve this would have had negative consequences on life, just as it would in aviation. The great responsibility and use of critical decision making is what attracted me to flying. Recognizing that I can apply the same skill set to serve a purpose higher than myself is now what calls me to pursue law. This desire to serve was nurtured during my undergraduate career at Pepperdine, and by attending Pepperdine Law I am assured that I will experience further growth in this regard. we need to talk about your flare..