As I was standing in line to pick up my cap and gown, I reflected upon my journey of how I got to graduation. It was at this moment I realized, without those few teachers that saw past my antics and gave me another chance, I would not be in the position I am today. They fought for me. I wanted to pay it forward. I wanted to fight for and defend those who need a second chance. I was a kid with that unfortunate affliction of 11 going on 21. I had no filter and I constantly pushed the boundaries. Although this caused me to be a frequent flyer in the administrator’s office, there was something they could never deny, my passion to stand up for the underdog and the fearlessness to stand up against anyone.They nicknamed me, “Rona Barrett.” I have always been extremely observant. If I saw the simplest thing that did not seem right, I would say it, question it, and investigate it. I never feared speaking my mind and always stood my ground. Although my heart was always in the right place, this fearlessness came at a cost. Between my grades and school record, I did not get to go away to college. One administrator saw past my mistakes and helped me get into community college. After obtaining my associate’s degree I transferred to John Jay College, graduated with a BA in forensic psychology and went to law school. The obstacles I have faced will make me a better lawyer. I have learned to transition that fearlessness into zealously advocating for my clients. Although I have much to learn, lawyering is my vocation. My passion continues to grow with each case I work on. Bring on the obstacles! Bring on the challenges! I'm ready for anything that comes my way.
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