Going to law school can be a trying experience for many, and can be even more of a challenge for those who don’t come from a professional background. As a first-generation college student, and now a first-generation professional school student, I have had to learn how to adapt to new environments to succeed. There are always times of doubt when you go into a new setting, and I initially worried that because I was from a working-class family I wouldn’t fit in or wasn’t ready for the challenge. I now know that my educational and professional experiences prepared me well for Penn Law, and more importantly my background has proved to be an asset and not a hindrance.
On top of being a place where my experience and perspective are valued, Penn Law is a place where I can work on the issues I care about most. Just this year, I found fulfilling pro bono work with the Youth Advocacy Project, worked on a political campaign with a student-led group, participated in the First-Generation Professionals group, and much more. At Penn Law, everyone can get involved in something they are passionate about, and everyone will be welcome.