Out of State...NOT Out of Mind

By Becca Huerta — Fellow, Baylor University

When I first joined LAW SCHOOL … Sí Se Puede, I still wasn’t sure of my university plans. However, I soon committed to my dream school, Baylor University.  The only problem was that my school was going to be out of state, and I was afraid that it would mess up anything that I had going on with this amazing program.  I was also just afraid to leave everything that I had known and loved in my hometown of Colorado Springs to go to Waco, Texas.  I was afraid that the distance would ensure that not only would I be forgotten about, but also, I would miss out on amazing opportunities.  I know I am in the minority of Sí Se Puede Fellows who go out of state for school, but I was never left out.  No matter the distance, my mentors and I communicate almost weekly.  They always make sure to talk to me and our busy schedules always align for even just a short email or text message.  They have been encouraging me every step of the way, and encouraging me to keep going even if I was homesick or tired or super stressed. My mentors are still a part of my life, and still helping me no matter the distance.

At Baylor University, I have been able to grow as an individual and a scholar.  I have been able to grow as a scholar by joining the Honors College, declaring a major of Political Science and embarking on the Pre-Law track.  I have challenged myself as an individual by joining the first Hispanic sorority on campus, Gamma Alpha Omega.  This sorority has allowed me to grow alongside other women who are dedicated to their pursuit of education, excellence, and blazing the path for other minority women.  I have been challenged to do this because of the LAW SCHOOL … Sí Se Puede program.  Despite the distance away from home, I have been able to stay in touch and inspired by other fellows and mentors in this program.

I can still attend all the workshops, and be a part of all of the opportunities given to Fellows, because of a beautiful thing called technology.  I can watch the LiveStream of the presentation and text my questions to a friend and be apart of the conversation BUT I can do all of it from the comfort of my bed.  I miss my Colorado family and friends but my Sí Se Puede connections have endured.  It's not always easy, but it's worth it.  I was even able to apply for a paid internship that was offered to LAW SCHOOL … Sí Se Puede  Fellows even though I haven't been in Colorado.  For everyone who is thinking about applying to LAW SCHOOL … Sí Se Puede  but may be afraid that it won't work if you are going out of state, I am living proof that that's not the case.  I have followed my dreams to attend Baylor University and I can still be apart of this amazing program.  LAW SCHOOL … Sí Se Puede has encouraged me to follow my dreams, challenge myself, and still remain connected to amazing opportunities in order to ensure my success.  So follow your dreams and remember that LAW SCHOOL … Sí Se Puede  will always be there no matter the distance.