Recently, I took a road trip that involved traveling over the Blue Ridge Mountains. At one point during the trip, because of the placement of the road and the varying elevations of the terrain, it seemed like I was surrounded by imposing (for East Coast standards) peaks. Obviously, I wasn't surrounded. I was on a well-maintained national highway going at speeds that were mostly legal. Still, that feeling of claustrophobia and of insurmountable odds leaked into my consciousness, if only for a moment. Naturally, my thoughts turned to the LSAT.
If you're like many of the students I talk with regularly, you may feel like the test is pressing in against you on all sides. The analogy of being surrounded by the looming peaks of a mountain range is apropos. For example, most people are very concerned initially about the Logic Games section, and they seem to linger within the shadow of that particular mountain. All they see are sheer walls and jagged cliffs, with no hope of clearing the obstacle.
But, sometimes it helps to take a closer look. When I was on the highway, looking at the mountain range from a distance, all I saw was a gigantic, blue-green mass. But the story changed as I got closer. Although from a distance the mountains looked difficult to traverse, it turns out that there are roads that go right up and over at various locations. There's even the beautiful Skyline Drive, a scenic route that runs for 105 miles along the crest of the mountains in the Shenandoah National Park. So, it turned out that people had been this way before, and they cleared a path for me.
The roads aren't the only paths across the mountains. There are "blaze trails," marked by paint on trees, that can take you deep into the mountains. If you go down these trails, you can find waterfalls, ancient trees, and spectacular views. Sometimes, when the terrain gets difficult, you'll find a hand-grip or a rope that has been left by some kind soul to help fellow hikers reach the next level.
It's a similar story with the LSAT. From a distance it's daunting, and may even seem impossible. All you can see is a painfull obstacle blocking you from your objective. But, the good news is that we at PowerScore have gone that way before. Through our materials, we've built the roads that can quickly take you up and over the barrier. We've gone tree by tree to blaze the trails that you can follow, and our instructors know these woods like the backs of their hands.
Don't be initimidated by the LSAT -- be intrigued! The test has extremely interesting nooks and crannies that you can discover if you'll only take the time to look. You can endure the LSAT or you can explore it. Enduring the test is a passive exercise, it's painful and scary. The other path is active, energetic, and can be an enriching experience.
So, make your choice. Are you an LSAT victim, or an explorer? Is this experience just something that is happening to you, or will you embrace your study as an adventure? I hope you choose the latter. If you're set on going to law school you'll need to take the LSAT either way. Why not own the experience? You never know when you'll turn the corner and discover something truly amazing.
Photo: "20110927 45 Blue Ridge Mountains" courtesy of David Wilson