I grew up in a suburb by the name of Colleyville located in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex. I chose to attend Oklahoma State University for my undergraduate degree so that I would be close to my family and my twin sister, who attended the University of Oklahoma. To my surprise, however, my family picked up and moved to Glenwood Springs, Colorado halfway through my first year at OSU. Colorado has now been my home for five years, and I could not imagine living anywhere else! Once I complete school, I intend to return to Colorado and sit for the bar.
I graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a minor in Sociology from Oklahoma State. I knew that law was likely my path from a young age. I had family members in and out of the criminal justice system all of my life, so I knew early on that I wanted to become involved. For me, the fascination always came from understanding the minds and behaviors of criminals. Why they acted the way that they did, why they re-offended, how we could anticipate what would come next, etc. In completing my undergraduate degree, I took courses such as Victimology, Criminology, Criminal Behavioral Analysis, and Wrongful Convictions. I knew that if I wanted to enact real change in these areas, I needed to attend law school.
Being that I am a first-generation college and law student, I can honestly admit I had no idea what I was getting myself into. My process to get into a law school where I felt that I belonged was a troubled one. OCU was one of my last acceptance letters, and I was rushed to get myself in order with only two weeks to go to the first day of school. The entire ordeal was done so late that the first time I really met with people from OCU Law was at my orientation. Nonetheless, the faculty guided me thoroughly and effectively to make sure I was exactly where I was supposed to be both mentally and physically. It was apparent immediately that I was viewed as an individual with potential and a purpose, even if I was not equally as confident.
Law school is an intimidating thing that is not meant for the faint of heart. It challenges you in unexpected ways. The key to success in facing such a testing environment is to surround yourself with a strong support system that has your best interest at heart. OCU Law offered that to me through the people I met here, including the professors that visibly care for the success of their students. OCU Law continues to show me the same level of care I saw walking into my orientation so long ago. This school continues to help shape me into the woman I am becoming today, and I am eternally grateful for this unmatchable experience.