By Ivette Villa – Fellow, Colorado State University
Some say actions speak louder than words. Out of mere curiosity I wanted to challenge this. How could it be that words were not strong enough? People often overlook the power of words until they reach an overall under-appreciation for them. Words have gained a reputation of settling at the bottom or being whisked away by silence. I believe differently. The power of my words is equally potent as the power of my hands. With my hands, I am able to set an example for others to follow. With my words, I am able to look people in their eyes and influence their perspectives.
Being surrounded by people who know the worth and appreciation of both their actions and words inspires me to keep facing obstacles and questioning clichés. A community that is formed from integrity and respect motivates me to fight for who I am. LAW SCHOOL … Sí Se Puede and my mentors leave footprints for me to fill with pieces of myself in this world. It is a community whose events help mold me into a person who not only looks out for my own particular blissful future, but also, who wants to help others accomplish the same. I did not join LAW SCHOOL … Sí Se Puede simply for their support or for their guidance. I joined because the people involved put forth the example of what leadership is and how to speak with power. When I talk to my mentors and LAW SCHOOL … Sí Se Puede members at meetings and events, their words carry weight, pushing me towards my dreams, making me believe in myself and in my cause.
I believe in a time of change - a time where both our actions and our words walk together and mark footprints, which will remain, rooted in our lives, rather than washed away.