Blueprint LSAT Prep Instructor Get-to-Know: Texas

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Put on your boots and ten-gallon hat. It’s time to see who will be teaching Blueprint LSAT Prep’s summer courses in Austin, Dallas and Houston.

It’s just the latest installment in our ongoing LSAT blog series Blueprint LSAT Prep Instructor Get-to-Know. Our first one covered New York LSAT prep; the second one was Boston and Washington DC LSAT prep; and last week’s was all about Chicago, Miami and Philadelphia LSAT prep.

But this week we’re headed to the Lone Star State. Please say hello to our Texas LSAT prep summer instructors:

Blueprint’s Austin LSAT Prep:

JESSICA JACKELEN

1) What’s playing on your iPod/Spotify/radio the most these days?
Honestly, my iPod has slowly been taken over by my three-year-old’s favorite artists — Raffi, Laurie Berkner, etc., but I do enjoy a little Avett Brothers and Ben Harper when I get the chance!

2) You’re on death row (shame on you!). What’s your last meal?
I think I would skip the meal and head straight for dessert — some type of warm bakery goodness (cookies or brownies) with ice cream on top. The perfect combo. Who needs dinner?
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3) Which famous person would you marry right now, no questions asked, and why?
Johnny Depp because he is so talented and mysterious.

4) If you had a time machine, when/where would you visit, and why?
After teaching so many LSAT questions about dinosaurs, I would love to travel back a couple hundred million years (just for a short visit) to see how accurate those LSAT questions really are (I have my doubts).

5) What’s your best LSAT story?
When I took the LSAT, I thought I was prepared with a few sharpened #2 pencils. As I was waited in line to get checked in, I realized I had fewer pencils than anyone. One guy literally had 50 pencils on his desk! I spent the entire LSAT terrified that my lack of pencils would somehow translate into a poor LSAT score. I actually think my pencil comparison was a helpful distraction from the stress of LSAT test day!

Blueprint’s Dallas LSAT Prep:

MARK KAO

1) What’s playing on your iPod/Spotify/radio the most these days?
I listen to a lot of classic rock and some random folk music but recently I’ve begun listening to quite a bit of country music like the Zac Brown Band.

2) You’re on death row (shame on you!). What’s your last meal?
Beef noodle soup for sure.
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3) Which famous person would you marry right now, no questions asked, and why?
I’m loving the bachelor life. Can’t say I’m willing to give that up.

4) If you had a time machine, when/where would you visit, and why?
I would go back to the spring/summer of 2011 so I could re-live Dirk and the Dallas Mavericks’ glorious journey to the NBA Championship.

5) What’s your best LSAT story?
I took the LSAT while I was living in Taiwan, working as a research assistant in a physics institute (not as awesome as it sounds). The elementary school where the LSAT was taking place was across town from the part of Taipei that I lived in, so the only thing I was nervous about was whether there would be traffic or if I would get there in time. Everything turned out fine and went smoothly and I did great. A boring story, I know, but it was exactly what I was hoping for, so it’s my best LSAT story.

Blueprint’s Houston LSAT Prep:

SAM HUANG

1) What’s playing on your iPod/Spotify/radio the most these days?
A lot of great music coming out this year; some recent discoveries are the Man of Steel soundtrack, and the new albums from Straight No Chaser (an acapella group) and Daft Punk.

2) You’re on death row (shame on you!). What’s your last meal?
Seared ahi tuna, Texas brisket and ribs, Rudy’s creamed corn and Boston Market creamed spinach (gotta get your veggies), and creme brulee for dessert. Wash it down with some Cherry Coke and boxed wine (’cause I’m classy like that).
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3) Which famous person would you marry right now, no questions asked, and why?
I’ll go with Anna Kendrick; she’s talented, funny, and a rising star.

4) If you had a time machine, when/where would you visit, and why?
I’d say the Italian Renaissance. I’ve always wanted to visit Italy, and it would be cool to hang out with the Ninja Turtles’ namesakes amidst all of the revolutions in science, philosophy, and the arts.

5) What’s your best LSAT story?
My first class in a new location, we had a whiteboard shipped there, but the board was covered in a protective clear wrap with a bunch of green logos printed on it, and a complicated-looking stand. I just stood the board on the floor, muttering at the stupidity of designing a whiteboard with stickers on it (I was seriously looking for instructions or a phone number to call). It took me about ten minutes to figure out (in front of my students) that the wrap was removable. Not the best way to instill confidence on the first day.

Find out more about all of Blueprint LSAT Prep’s summer instructors here.

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