Ideals into Action
Iíve learned a lot of things since I began law school. Iíve learned many things from traditional classroom lectures, but Iíve learned just as much from my experiences outside of class.
I now know that
In my first year of law school, I began regularly volunteering at a weekly soup kitchen sponsored by my church. At first, I was happy to help with the food preparation, set-up, and clean up, but I was a little bit reluctant to interact with the guests at the soup kitchen. This reluctance did not really come from a sense of fear, but more from a feeling of guilt for being more fortunate than most of the people that frequented the soup kitchen. I wasnít sure what I would say to the guests or how they would react to me. Over time, Iíve become much more comfortable talking to the guests and even come to look forward to seeing them on Wednesday afternoons. Iíve learned the names of many of the regulars and had many informative conversations about the history of New Haven, Yale football, and other topics too numerous to list.
I had always considered myself to be a community-minded person. I participated in many fundraisers and social programs, but most of my activities tended to be one step removed from actually interacting with the people that the programs benefited. Coming to New Haven allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and put my ideals into practice in a way that has given me a better perspective on life and helped me to better understand how the law Iím studying in class impacts the lives of individuals.