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Aspiring Attorney

After I graduate from the University of Florida in May 2013 my main goal is to attend law school in the United States. I am open to studying various types of law, and am interested by a multitude of legal topics; however, my current desire is to study international and immigration law. I want to do so to help those living in the U.S. currently trying to obtain citizenship, as well as those trying to move here to achieve a better quality of life.
Summer for Undergraduates 2012 in Tallahassee
Participants of the FSU Law program: summer 2012.

My interest in law first came in middle school. Several of my friends had immigrated to this country during that time and would tell me about the lengthy process required to obtain citizenship. My interest grew during my freshman year of college when I studied abroad in Florence, Italy. Prior to that time I was convinced I was going to be a journalist. However, watching Italians in the street protesting Silvio Berlusconi's policies and learning how large of a percentage of the media was controlled by the government there made me curious as how other countries in the world were run also. The differences I found not only astounded me, but made me curious to learn about how others in the world lived. That was when I realized that I wanted to help improve the quality of life of those around me.

This experience made me appreciate the liberties of my home land, and made me invested in doing my part to preserve the justices denied to many other people around the world. I solidified my decision to apply to law school in June 2012 when I attended Florida State University's Summer for Undergraduates Law Program. The program now only gave me an interest into the life of 1L students, but it helped me to realize that the study of law excited me. (Yes, I know that makes me a nerd, and I'm proud of it). I networked with dozens of practicing attorneys in the Tallahassee area as well as many FSU Law faculty members. The experience enriched my education not only by giving me knowledge, but confirming that this the career that I envisioned for myself in the future. However, just because I want to practice law does not mean that all journalism is lost. I hope to apply my journalism abilities directly into law school and integrate these fields in a way that utilities all aspects of my education.