I was born and raised in Chicago as a second generation Mexican American. Throughout my life, my single mother has provided me with extensive support. All the while, she has cultivated a strong foundation, which consists of significant life values such as family, competence, integrity, and diligence. She has demonstrated all of these concepts through her daily actions. My gratitude goes to her because she motivates me to be a strong, independent woman.
Currently, I am majoring in English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Many unique pieces of writing have contributed to my passion for English, including “The Chrysanthemums” and Borderlands/LaFrontera. As an English major, I am acquiring skills such as the ability to think creatively and critically, communicate concisely and effectively, receive constructive criticism, and frame arguments with supporting evidence in order to persuade a specific audience. These abilities will be utilized throughout my legal education and career. Since eighth grade, I have envisioned myself in the legal field. Four years later, my internship at Loyola Medical Center focused that vision by influencing me to pursue a career as a medical lawyer.
This professional goal is more achievable through America Needs You. My acceptance to this program has been a blessing because everyone involved cares. This is apparent through everyone’s daily dedication, support, and guidance. I hope to do the same in the future.