Sample Law School Application Essay - Before
Today’s blog features OA Member Jody DeFord (Class 2). When she’s not working as corporate counselor for Eli Lilly and Company, she enjoys spending time with her husband (of 16 years), , planning parties, volunteering, and staying involved with . Here’s a little more about Jody.What did you like about OPTIONS?
was a great opportunity to learn about Women's Fund and critical women/girl serving agencies in the community, but it was also much more than that - through OPTIONS I had the opportunity to meet and become friends with incredible, like-minded women I may never have met otherwise. The OPTIONS' group activities allowed us to bond and become more than classmates, but true friends. I have kept in touch with many of my fellow participants and am thrilled to call so many of them friends.How would you define philanthropy?
For me, philanthropy means giving not only my dollars, but also my time and talents in a way that will impact the quality of life for individuals and the community as a whole.What have you done to stay involved with OA or Women's Fund?My most meaningful Women's Fund participation was as a member, and then chair of, the Grants Committee. With respect to OA, I have been a member since 2003, and also served as OA President several years ago. In 2014, I will be serving on the OA Leadership Committee. I've enjoyed participating in the monthly lunches, as well as the more formal programming opportunities scheduled throughout the year.Hobbies?
There's not much I enjoy more than planning and hosting a party. Give me a theme, and I'm off and running! Last May, after a lot of encouragement from my husband and several friends, I launched a little fashion blog focused on my love of shoes and creating a personal style. I like to write, and blogging has been a great little creative outlet that lets me write in a manner that's very different from the legal, analytical writing I do in my professional life.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to join the FBI. In fact, my undergraduate course work and my entire law school application essay were based around this intent. Toward the end of my first year of law school, I found out my eyesight had deteriorated to the point that I could not meet minimum criteria to be a Special Agent, and corrective surgery was not acceptable at the time. After a lot of tears and frustration, I came to terms with it and realized that I could still build a desirable career and future with a law degree.
People would be surprised to know......
That I grew up on a farm, was in my first horse show when I was two years old, and showed both cattle and hogs in 4-H for many years.