Hometown: Denver, CO
Bio: I was born in New York, then I lived in Miami, FL for many years, then eventually moved to Denver, CO because I needed a change. I chose U of I because it was cheap and having lived in big cities all of my life, Moscow, ID was definitely a culture shock. Although it was unfamiliar in the beginning, it has been great to walk into a bar/restaurant and have the servers/owners remember your name and order. Everything is five to seven minutes away and people genuinely care about your success. Our professors are brilliant, resourceful and readily available to give advice about anything you want to talk about. I am enjoying my small town experience thus far and who knows, maybe I am a small town girl after all.
Words of Advice: Law school can be very competitive and it's easy to fall into the trap of comparison. My advice to you would be to focus on yourself and give it all that you've got. You were not dealt the same hand as other people, you were not raised the same way and you see the world from a different perspective. That's what makes you unique and that's why you're here. Things will go wrong, it's inevitable, but when it happens do what you need to in the moment (cry, scream, curse, etc.) but don't stay there. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and keep moving forward. Lastly, find yourself a group of friends that will encourage you and support you and host family dinners one night a week to vent, laugh or just try each other's cooking! These family dinners kept me sane during my first year of law school, hopefully it will do the same for you!