Wednesday, March 30, 2022

I Love Loyola

Before I came here, I was just kind of coasting through life, seeing where the wind took me. I had no real sense of direction.

And when I got accepted here, I wasn’t sure if this was the direction I wanted to go. I had a strong sense of justice, a good work ethic, and passion for the law. But I also knew that law school wasn’t for everyone. And I figured maybe it wasn’t for me, either. 

That was, until recently. I can’t quite explain it, but for the first time in a long time, I feel like I’m on the right track. 

I  came here to help others. And there’s so many opportunities here to do just that. The practicums, the justice clinics, the professors, the externships…

If you really want to help people and make the world a better place, Loyola is the law school for you. 

I’m not just saying that, either. As someone who always felt like an “outcast” wherever I went, this place made me feel welcomed. I genuinely appreciate that most people here are down to earth. They’re not attorneys first, and people second. They’re people before anything else. Relatable, kind, and supportive. From the professors and staff, to the students. It does feel like a close-knit community where you’ll find your calling.

I still have some lingering worries and fears. That’s normal for anyone pursuing their dreams. 

But if your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not ambitious enough. And I’m terrified by the fact that my dreams will become reality soon. 

This post is more for me than it is for you, I guess. It’s a checkpoint of my life before I head into, what I feel, is the next stage of life. The stage where I begin my legal career doing what I love most: helping others. This is the most ambitious, driven, and motivated I’ve ever been in a while. And it’s because I see my future within arm’s reach, probably now more than ever. And I know Loyola is the school that’ll help me get there.

To answer the question, I love Loyola because it allows me to be my unapologetic self. To pursue my ambitions. And nurtures a community of like-minded people who—like me—are determined to help others and change the legal system. 

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