LSAT, meet SpaceX.

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SpaceX recently landed a rocket on a ship in the middle of the ocean, which is basically the rocket equivalent of getting a 180. Before we discuss the lessons LSAT students can take away, let’s have a gander at this amazing feat:

Now, on to the obligatory LSAT comparisons:

1.) If First You Don’t Succeed, Try Again

The rocket landing did not take place on SpaceX’s first attempt, second attempt, or even the third attempt. Nope, it took five different tries to get that rocket to land on that ship in the middle of the ocean. For LSAT students, it can take a lot of failures to eventually achieve a high score. Whether those failures come on practice tests or actual LSAT, the key is to persevere. The LSAT is the single most important factor in a student’s application, so keep on “blasting off” even if you crash and burn a few times.

2.) Dream a Little Bigger, Darling

I don’t know about you, but I personally had never even thought about the possibility of landing a rocket on a ship. Maybe I’ve just lost my adventurous spirit in law school, but I think that is pretty outside the box thinking. Applying this to the LSAT, students shouldn’t be afraid to dream big when they’re approaching the LSAT. Setting a low score goal or school goal is a surefire way to become complacent and stop pushing yourself to succeed. As you think about the law school you want to attend or the score you want to attain, challenge yourself to go beyond your original expectations.

3.) Work Hard, not Alone

SpaceX is known for being the first privately funded company to reach orbit, send a spacecraft to the International Space Station, and send a satellite into orbit. While SpaceX accomplished these achievements through the hard work of its employees, the company has collaborated with NASA on several projects. NASA’s track record on space exploration is well established—it has the expertise and funding to help SpaceX accomplish the goals of its founder, Elon Musk. To put this in the LSAT context, students need to work hard on their own in order to succeed. Nevertheless, preparing for the test shouldn’t be a solo venture—students should seek out training if they want to maximize their succeed on the test.

Even if you don’t initially succeed on the LSAT, you can still succeed. You should push yourself to improve your score and take advantage of the resources around you. After all, if SpaceX can try to make the dream of colonizing Mars a reality, you should have no problem hitting your target score (even if, right now, it seems like…landing a rocket on a ship in the middle of the ocean).

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