I came to college simply because it was expected of me. I was just an 18-year-old kid, after all, living on my own for the first time and looking for purpose. They say college is the time you find yourself, and (as cliché as it sounds) I think they’re right. Becoming a lawyer seemed like a lofty goal, but with encouragement from one of my journalism professors — a gruff, seasoned Southern reporter with a Pulitzer, at that — I came to believe that not only could I pursue my newfound career, but I could tackle it with a vengeance. If this professor could see that I have what it takes, then why shouldn’t I? The students I interviewed echoed these sentiments of encouragement and coming into their own. UC was a place where we felt inspired, a place that helped us come to know what was always true: that we, as students, are capable of greatness. Through the study and practice of law, I look forward to investing in myself for the greater good of those around me.
These times have no doubt lent a new perspective. Transitioning to online classes has made me really appreciate those vibrant classroom discussions. It’s made me realize just how much I learn from the people around me. And it’s also brought some pleasant surprises along the way, like being able to spend more time outdoors, andslowing down to appreciate the little things that too often go unnoticed as we dash madly through everyday life.
With just a few undergraduate semesters left, I’m going to enjoy returning to campus, seeing the friendly faces of my peers (behind masks of course, but we’ll take what we can get) and roaming through the cool UC architecture that has seen centuries of enlightened minds travel its halls. Most of all, I look forward to going after my purpose and seeing where my education, and the future, will take me.