The truth is, I belong in law school. I know that this is the path for me, and I will face any obstacle to get there. My dream has not and never will dry up like a raisin in the sun. The qualities that a university looks for in a student are qualities that I have. At the last, school I attended, I tackled 18 credits per semester in 3000 and 4000 level classes. I truly pushed myself to succeed. I did fall short in my Evolution class, and while I will not make excuses, I will say that I was involved in a car accident during this time that severely hampered my ability to succeed.
However, I passed all my other courses and continued on. However, universities look beyond grade point average in determining which students attend. While grade point average is a factor, it is not the only factor. The dropout rate in law is high because the work is challenging and many do not truly have the desire to be there or the life experience needed to be able to truly deal with the obstacles they face. Part of the reason I am so interested in law and immigration law specifically is that my parents are immigrants.
I want to learn more about the laws surrounding immigration and those that shaped the lives of people like my parents, who emigrated from the Caribbean. I am also interested in criminal law as I feel that the justice system is so much a part of American society, and one that we should value and cherish. My ultimate hope is to be able to use my talents and skills to help immigrants arriving to this country and offer them the ability to reunite with family members. However, I do have the perseverance to survive even in the most difficult situations. My dream will not fester like a sore and then run.
I have been a part of buying and consequently losing a home. I have fought in a war. I have been unemployed with no career prospects and a mortgage to pay. I have faced the ridicule of everyone around me who said that this dream of being a lawyer is beyond me. I know it is not beyond me; it is truly a part of who I am. It is my avocation, not simply a vocation. Living through difficult experiences makes one a tougher person and gives one insight that can only be achieved by living. I have that life experience to lend to this university and my profession.
I never stop to think that I am wasting my time following my dreams; I see following my dreams as the only path I can follow to be true to myself. Throughout the trials of my life, I have not allowed my adversities to sag like a heavy load. I have made it through each and every challenge and have used them as life lessons to make me even stronger and more determined. Never once have I believed my life to stink like rotten meat, but instead have looked forward to the challenges that life brings. The qualities I possess are much more important and provide much more insight to my future success than my grade point.
As stated, I have been through hardship and difficult times and know that I will come out victorious. I have had the life experiences to truly learn who I am and what is important to me”from fighting a war and laying my life on the line to losing my job with a mortgage to pay. Insight comes from these kind of difficult experiences. I have gained self-awareness and am able to define my strengths. My mind is sharp and my intelligence is tangible. I have the ability to analyze any situation and look at things from multiple perspectives.
I can be both objective and impartial, and people recognize these qualities in that I am asked to help solve disputes. Because of my life experiences, I have street smarts. While I am intelligent as well, I have a great deal of common sense. I have the vision and insight about life that no university can teach. While I believe strongly in the value of education, I also know that there are things that no one can teach. There are many lessons that need to be learned solely by experience. I can handle the responsibility of law school. I know what it is to juggle my time and priorities.
I am a 26-year-old homeowner who works two jobs and pays a mortgage. Law school is what I want; it is what I have always wanted. One of my jobs has been working as a teacher, which has also caused me to gain life experience. It has also reinforced my desire to help others. I also tutor students in my community. My desire is to give back to the community around me. While I can do that by teaching and have been for two years, I know there is more out there for me. Being a teacher and tutoring students have given me the ability to lead and to show concern for others.
These are the same qualities that will aid me in my success in law school. Law school is where I can make my mark in the world, and where I can demonstrate the skills and talents that I have. I sincerely hope you will allow me the chance to show you the kind of student and human being that I am by attending your school. I will make a difference in the world around me, and I will not stop until I achieve my dream. I will not sugar over like a syrupy sweet or explode as Langston Hughes suggests. I will do whatever it takes to attend and complete law school and contribute to my community.