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For Applicant: Elizabeth Atkins
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Where I am from most girls are pregnant and married a few years out of high school. Practically no one goes to college, and I’m one of the few of my graduating class to go on to graduate school. All these years I’ve managed to stay dedicated to my studies and have never given up, even though I have had some ups and downs.
While preparing for the LSAT earlier this year, I found out I was pregnant. The father, unfortunately, decided that having a baby was too much for him to handle, and I found myself taking the LSAT and applying to law schools as a single expecting mother. Needless to say, I was scared and questioned whether or not I should continue down the path of graduate school. But law school has been my dream for 4 years now, and too many women give up on a dream they have had because of motherhood. I vowed I would not be just another statistic, and that, unlike the girls I grew up around, I could be a mother and have the career of my dreams.
When I enter law school in the fall of 2011, I will have a 6 month year old newborn baby girl, Sophie Pearl. Becoming a first time mother has shifted my priorities immensely and I am determined to build a future not only for myself, but for my baby girl. Yes, I understand the rigors of law school and the hardships of single motherhood are obstacles to be feared on their own, nonetheless doing both at the same time. Yet I am a determined and strong willed woman, and I have a new goal of becoming a role model for my daughter, showing her that we truly can do whatever we set our minds to, regardless of the obstacles in our way.
I know my perspective as a single mother of a newborn will be an attribute to Thomas Jefferson and the entering class of fall 2011. We are what we experience, and it is no doubt that my experiences as a single mother through this process, and the hard work I will put in once school starts will contribute in a positive way to my point of view during class discussions, relationships with fellow students, and my drive to succeed in school and beyond.
This journey will undoubtedly be a difficult one, more difficult than what the average hard working law student has to endure. But I am not only willing to bring it on, but determined to do so for Sophie. I am lucky in that my life will be starting in two ways in 2011: Having a baby, and starting law school. I have no room to fail in either path, and that is ultimately what will make me a diverse student to your school and a successful practicing attorney in the future.