Graduate degree(s): Juris Doctor (JD)- Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. I knew I had to go to law school because I did not want to teach and jobs with a political science degree are hard to come by. But I also knew that I would be a lawyer.
Favorite class(es): I didn't have just one. I really enjoyed my upper level political science classes. In law school, it was probably my small lecture classes. I enjoyed the opportunity to analyze and discuss various issues.
I went to a medical magnet high school. But for some reason the need to be in the medical field escaped me when I got to college. While I explored business and (VERY) briefly nursing as majors, I really enjoyed Political Science.
I think the reason I even considered business or nursing was because I knew that those were "practical" degrees that I could get a job in out of college. Ultimately, they weren't what interested me and I continued on with political science.
Moving from college to career:
My undergrad degree wasn't essential to get me where I am today, but it helped. I needed a degree to be able to go to law school, but law schools consider a wide variety of degrees.
I'm glad that I chose the major I did because the amount of reading and writing I did was helpful in law school. While other majors like English do the same, the style and type of writing is very different. I saw that many people had a transition to get out of "business" writing or writing as English majors.
Being able to analyze and look at things from a different perspective was definitely helpful in law school and continues to be helpful today.
There were a couple of things that influenced me, the first being my grandfather. Growing up in El Paso, I didn't know any lawyers. I knew my grandpa (who did not have higher than a high school education) believed in helping people and speaking up when he didn't think something was right. I went with him on many voter education and petition drives. He inspired me to get involved.
In undergrad, I participated in the Law School Preparation Institute at UTEP. Without that, I would never have had the opportunity visit a law school (UT) and would have had no idea how to prepare for the LSAT, law school or had any idea of what to expect. Because I didn't know anyone who had gone through the law school process, this was vital. I enjoyed the techniques we learned and the way classes were taught (it was my first exposure to Socratic method).