When I close my eyes and imagine my future, I picture my college graduation, admission to law school, and eventually a law degree. While these goals and dreams may seem intangible, LAW SCHOOL … Sí Se Puede has made those goals more of a reality. The first few weeks of college came as a slight shock. I was around more people than I had ever been before, the workload was heavy, and there were not too many people who looked like me or had similar backgrounds to me.
While these were challenges many had to overcome, being a LAW SCHOOL … Sí Se Puede Fellow, helped me through this transitional period. My assigned mentors were always there for me if I needed someone to talk to and relate to. They were always willing and eager to give me advice whether it was regarding my major, or the number of activities in which I was involved.
In addition to my mentors’ support, several of the workshops helped me transition into college and learn more about myself. The first workshop of the year addressed study habits and skills. The facilitator helped me identify what type of learner and studier I am. Additionally, from my cohort of fellows, I learned unique studying techniques. In another workshop, I was able to take the Myers Briggs Test that allowed for me to distinguish my strengths. The workshop provided an in-depth description of every aspect of the test and allowed each of the Fellows to analyze and consider our results. I consider the workshop about resumes and cover letters one of the most beneficial, not only for the future, but internships and campus jobs that the fellows are applying for now. The workshop went in depth to explain and give several concrete examples of a successful resume. Additionally, and most beneficial, the fellows were given examples of cover letters for a variety of positions or internships for which we might apply. This workshop provided ideal examples of strong resumes and cover letters and an online resource that provides step by step instruction on how to create these documents.
I would not trade my first year with LAW SCHOOL … Sí Se Puede for anything. Not only did I learn a variety of tools to make me more successful, but also, I created bonds with my mentors and others that will last a lifetime. With the help of my mentors, Judge Arguello, and LAW SCHOOL … Sí Se Puede, my future is bright.