About Me -
In 2007, I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology, with a minor in Chemistry from the College of Notre Dame. Then I pursued a Master of Science in Biomedical Science Policy and Advocacy from Georgetown University in 2008. I graduated from Hofstra University School of Law with a concentration in Health Law in 2012. My path started with the hard sciences and aspirations to become the first physician in my family. Although my skills and abilities showed that I could perform in this capacity, my heart had not been fully vested.
While experiencing this new territory, I had many stumbles, feelings of doubt, but on graduation day I was uncontrollably happy and pleased. In November 2012, the Maryland Bar released the results and I was surrounded by my mother, father and brother. To see the word, "PASSED" by my name, we all screeched and according to my brother, my father lifted me in the air with a huge smile on his face. Hard work and determination got me to that beautiful moment that I could give to myself and family.
When I told my Caribbean parents about my desire to apply to law school, they were supportive but continually asked, "What happened to medical school?" My mother is a Registered Nurse, so she was a strong supporter of the medical school path. But when my father was growing up, he had dreams of becoming a lawyer in his birth country and was overjoyed to learn I wanted to attend law school. The challenging part was my parents were unable to outline the steps, because as immigrants they did not know the pre-law school programs, various industries looking for law school graduates, or the necessary relationships and networks to create for success in the legal profession in the United States of America.
My ultimate goal with this blog is to provide insight to my fellow first-generation graduates that are uncertain of how to navigate the professional world, as well as guide first-generation students on how to leverage their experience before becoming a professional. The hope is to have the first gen appreciate the uniqueness of being a member in this category by introducing you to people that have a similar experience, and share best practices that could help you to avoid certain pitfalls as you embark on a journey of rising to your own pinnacle as a successful professional.
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