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Hillary Clinton explains how a bad LSAT experience taught her to keep her emotions in check

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Hillary Clinton says she learned a lesson about keeping her emotions in check when she took the Law School Admission Test.

Clinton tells the Humans of New York blog that she was one of only a few women waiting to take the test in the Harvard classroom.

“I was feeling nervous. I was a senior in college,” Clinton said. “I wasn’t sure how well I’d do. And while we’re waiting for the exam to start, a group of men began to yell things like: ‘You don’t need to be here.’ And ‘There’s plenty else you can do.’ It turned into a real ‘pile on.’ One of them even said: ‘If you take my spot, I’ll get drafted, and I’ll go to Vietnam, and I’ll die.’

“And they weren’t kidding around. It was intense. It got very personal. But I couldn’t respond. I couldn’t afford to get distracted because I didn’t want to mess up the test. So I just kept looking down, hoping that the proctor would walk in the room. I know that I can be perceived as aloof or cold or unemotional. But I had to learn as a young woman to control my emotions.”

The Guardian and the Wall Street Journal Law Blog noted the blog post.

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