Degree: Juris Doctor
Hometown: Woodbridge, Virginia
"There is this strong sense of camaraderie amongst my classmates, and although we are all competing for jobs upon graduation, the level of respect and willingness to help each other has really been humbling."
It all started in my seventh-grade civics class. From that point on, I loved government and knew I wanted to go into politics. As I got older and learned more about how our government operated, my passion for politics intensified, and I knew that I had to be part of it.
I majored in Government and International Politics at George Mason University just outside of Washington D.C., and through contacts and internships was able to intern on Capital Hill. The interworking of bills and laws fascinated me, and my thirst for knowledge kept growing.
I chose University of Massachusetts School of Law because I saw the potential of a new up-and-coming Law School, and it directly correlated with my own personal feeling of a new up-and-coming politician. Skills I have learned at UMass Law have already proven to be invaluable in my everyday life, and I look forward to continuing to grow and furthering the experience.
Having the ability to be surrounded by some of the best and brightest minds has really been a tremendous experience for me. There is this strong sense of camaraderie amongst my classmates, and although we are all competing for jobs upon graduation, the level of respect and willingness to help each other has really been humbling.
Being able to constantly have educated debates about an array of difficult and sometimes controversial topics with individuals that don’t always share your viewpoints is amazing. One thing I've learned—and I credit my peers and faculty—is that some things are not necessarily right or wrong; it's how you interpret the given facts and how you can support your answer.
Different viewpoints of others have definitely helped me see sides of an issue that I had not even contemplated before. I enjoy the people I am around and the conversations we have, and it makes coming to school everyday that much more enjoyable.
If I could give any one piece of advice to new students it would be to relax and take a deep breath. Yes, Law School is hard, but you knew it would be coming in. What you have to remind yourself is that it’s doable.
Look around—there are hundreds of students that have gone through or are currently going through the same things as you; and if they can make it, so can you. There will be times when the work load gets so extreme that you feel smothered, but you're not alone— your professors, T/A's and fellow student are there to help you up if you stumble.
It is very important to pace yourself. Make sure you give yourself at least an hour everyday to relax; otherwise you'll get burnt out.
Law school is challenging, but if you approach it with the right demeanor you will do just fine.