This statement starts out with a Martin Luther style I have a dream speech and segues into your reasons for helping people and leaving behind a legacy.
An obfuscate epiphany
I have a dream. I have a dream to lead people out of everyday hurdles they cannot escape. Guide people to make better decisions. Aide people with the law and help them pave a life they are responsible for, not their surroundings, not their neighborhood, not their socioeconomic status. I have been immersed in a population that needs my help my entire life. My dream is to give back using the law and help people move beyond the transparent boundaries they have created for themselves.
My passion and purpose for pursuing a degree in law is to help those less fortune obtain legal representation that understands their background and is an advocate for justice on their behalf. The law impacts every aspect of our lives and I want to continue the legacy of those in the African American community who understood we must make sure the law protects and works for the “little people” as well.
Realizing the depth of the disparity between lower class and higher economic classes occurred during my freshman year in high school. I grew up in a black lower-class neighborhood living with my mother, grandparents, two siblings, an aunt and her five children. A hundred square feet per person I spent my life sharing bathroom with 12 people. Sans the bathroom the square feet per person falls to about ninety-one. The first day I entered my public college preparatory high school, an 80 percent white population with the remaining 20% composed of African America, Asian, Hispanic, Indian and other minority ethnic groups I felt initial emotions of fear, anxiousness and curiosity, which throughout the day turned into feelings of inferiority and anger.
As the teachers discussed the year curriculum I could hear my peers in the background gossiped about their lavish summer vacations. The feeling of not being able to measure up socially or academically consumed me. My first day home, I directed my frustration toward my mother, who I thought made the wrong decision believing I was smart enough to challenge myself at this public college preparatory school. Ninety percent of the people came from middle schools with access to better books and advanced curriculums. I felt handicapped by my background and the fact that I came from a poor inner city black school. I excelled in my classes at my previous school but now I have barely able to keep up with my peers.
My ninth grade year was a constant struggle. I had to cover extra material to cope up with my peers since their middle school education was more advanced. Receiving C’s was not the norm for me and at this new institution it had become a pest that I could not get away from. The frustration and contempt got the best of me; I was giving up trying to succeed. I finally stopped trying and stopped turning in my homework assignments. When my teacher called me out on my lack of interest I fell apart;
I used to be the kid who got made fun of for being a teachers pet, not the other way around. I felt a bit resurrected when she said, “You’re better and smarter than what you’re showing, this is not acceptable”. This embarrassing moment was an obfuscate epiphany. I realized that there was still someone out there who thought I could succeed and I began to shift my attitude toward excelling and conquering what appeared to be at the time an unattainable goal of restoring my ninth grade year mid way through.
That year I transformed my mindset and created goals toward my future. No longer was it acceptable for me to think of myself as inferior or not good enough based on where I came from and what I didn’t have. I realized that learning not to be afraid to face challenges, taking chances, understanding the presence of hurdles and overcoming them were the stepping stones to building my character.
My ninth grade year illustrated to me that there are differences in the educational resources available to lower-class and middle class within the public school system. I initially took on a defeatist mentality but eventually came to understand all things happen for a reason.
There are always disadvantages and obstacles to over come in life. Overcoming obstacles and building confidence in my self allowed me to engage in community and school activities. I became involved in the Black Achiever program exposing myself to various career professionals. Eventually, strong interests evolved for the legal career and I was drawn to defending a cause or point of view by using the interpretation of the law. Participating in mock trials and researching case studies allowed me to see the law profession as an admirable career that would permit me to make a tangible impact in people lives.
Being from humble beginnings, I strongly believe it is important to empower people with knowledge which gives them the tools to change their challenging situations into a positive opportunity. For that reason I aspire to work for a nonprofit organization that provides legal service and advise those who otherwise cannot afford it. Having first hand experience of the disparity of resources between low income and those of higher economical status, my mission will be to insure those with low-income have the opportunity for representation that is competent, passionate and in their best interest.
This statement starts with a quote from Thomas Jefferson and talks about the why you are born for the public and how your life is the evidence to all the right decisions you have made in spite of the cards nature has dealt to you and your continuous commitment to public service.
My destination and my dutyThomas Jefferson once said, “Some men are born for the public. Nature by fitting them for the service of the human race on a broad scale, has stamped them with the evidences of her destination and their duty.” My life so far has been the evidence of my duty to public service. Nature has stamped me with a gift that I want to keep for the rest of my live. I want to commit myself to public service and carry on what I have always been doing on a larger scale.
In the fifth grade my identical twin sister and I were voted Co-Captains of the safety patrol troop for our elementary school – it was my first volunteer leadership position committed to serving others. Tasks such as organizing patrols and providing a helping hand to pedestrians helped me boost my self worth. I realized that helping others was the best give you can give to others and yourself. This experience marked the beginning of destiny.
Throughout my undergraduate studies I participated in various service organizations and clubs which spurred my desire and intensity to practice law in the industry of public service. Raised in an underprivileged community I have always understood how important a role public service plays in the lives of certain people. In college I volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and United Way on various project such as landscaping, painting houses and reading to homeless children at shelters. I believe that every person can have the opportunity to shape their lives in a matter that is most pleasing to them. Every educated person is responsible for his or her place in the world today.
Education paves the way to a better life and provides people with tools to change their lives and overcome the challenges that they face. I want to work people who want a better life but don’t have a means to getting it. I want to aide people in building a better life for themselves when they have given up hope. I want to help people who face challenges just because of where they come from and their unruly surroundings. I aspire to work for a nonprofit organization that provides legal service and advice to those who otherwise cannot afford it.
In addition to being passionate about the field, I possess the necessary fundamental intellectual skills and sharpness to become a successful law student and an asset to the legal work force as an attorney. As an intern for a personal injury and worker’s compensation law firm I was quickly promoted from a file clerk in my second semester to an assistant intake coordinator due to my diligent work ethic and a quick firm grasp on personal injury and worker’s compensation law. During the internship as an assistant intake coordinator I helped the company fulfill its real purpose: to help people first hand.
I contacted potential clients and worked exclusively with attorneys in gathering information to determine valid cause for legal representation. Also, as a legal studies major I excelled above average standards in majority of my legal courses with a major GPA of 3.6 which proves that I can excel in anything I put my mind to.
I have also exhibited wonderful leadership qualities in my service towards organizations outside the law field. For two years I served as secretary and health & fitness chairman to Women’s Prayers Band. My duties included overseeing executive board meetings, organizing event calendars and preparing all correspondence to members. As health and fitness Chairman I organized exercise workouts and conducted workshops on important health issues women faced which shows that I am ready to be in a position in which I have to make the main decisions. I also served on the event committee in University Christian Fellowship.
I helped organize talent showcases and social functions to bring interaction between members. The staff position in University Christian Fellowship (UCF) inspired me to create a DJ and Event Planning Company called TS&S Productions along with two other college students. Our company has successfully provided services to many of the Christian functions on campus as well as for many youth ministries within Central Florida.
We have been given the opportunity to produce and organize Christian concerts for youth ministries. Our company has been going strong for two years and as the main deejay and co-founder I have actively participated in the management of engagements schedules, contract drafting for clients and the daily operation of the business. My business partners support my efforts to pursue a legal career and see the potential benefit it would add to the company as well.
I know that I am prepared for the rigorous curriculum and challenge of law school. I believe I have stamped upon my self with accomplishments and made the right decisions even when nature presented itself in its challenging persona’s. My life stands as evidence to my commitment to public service. My destiny rests on nature taking on its tasks. My admission to law school rests on your decision. I stand as a witness to my life and the gift I can give to people who need my help.