By Itzel Santos, Fellow Class of 2018
Metropolitan State University
I still remember my first year of college and the feeling of being lost, especially as a first-generation student. Fast forward five years and I have now graduated from college and obtained two degrees, which are some of the most important milestones in my life. Looking back, I can only laugh at myself because I now see how much I have grown as a person and how many obstacles I have overcome. I have learned that one must be willing to step out of their comfort zone to try new things. During my undergraduate journey, I read a powerful quote that said, “If you’re comfortable, you’re not growing.” Since reading those words, I have lived by them on a daily basis. This quote has also taught me that if you are self-determined and self-motivated you can accomplish anything and everything you set your mind to.
When I learned about Law School Yes We Can I was hesitant to apply because the deadline was three days away. However, I reminded myself that if I really wanted to pursue a legal career I had to be part of this fellowship. Although I was very stressed those three days, I finished the application, got accepted as a fellow, and the outcomes and experiences have been phenomenal. Being a fellow at LSYWC has opened up new opportunities for me, and I thank my mentors for that. Through their networks and support, I secured a summer internship at the Denver Office of the Municipal Public Defender. To me, gaining real-world experience is just as important as having a degree. Being involved in the professional world is allowing me to grow my network and inch closer to my goal of practicing law one day.
Being involved with LSYWC has inspired me to spread the word about the program as a way to give back to my community. I presented an informational session at Metropolitan State University about the program along with another fellow. I know that students are often not aware of these types of programs so it is important for me to help spread the word so they don’t miss out on amazing opportunities. I am excited to see what the future holds for me and how LSYWC will continue to support my aspirations.