In the military, I was accustomed to working amongst my peers with a high-level of camaraderie and a sense of shared purpose when completing difficult undertakings. At Penn Law, students work together to succeed in a rigorous academic setting and faculty members insist on incorporating varied opinions in the classroom. This creates an open and enjoyable atmosphere and is directly in line with my experience in the military. Students at Penn Law are encouraged to articulate and evaluate policy arguments without regard to ideological preferences and to participate in discussions covering the most contested issues of the day. The environment is mirrored in the dozens of student organizations on campus. For example, the Penn Law Veterans Club connected me with other military veterans transitioning to civilian life and enabled me to raise awareness among the student body about critical veterans’ issues. The Veterans Law Project, which provides pro-bono legal assistance to veterans, afforded me the opportunity to give back, in a tangible way, to those who have served before me. Penn Law has valued my background and skillset from the start, and I look forward to contributing my perspectives and talents alongside those of my colleagues for years to come.