On March 26, the Children and Youth Advocacy Clinic hosted students from Stevens Center for Academic Development, a middle school in the St. Louis Public School District.
Scholarships/honors:Dean’s Scholarship, McMillian Scholar
Do you have any strong passions?
I am passionate about adolescent health and the importance of the availability of exceptional education to every child, regardless of their socioeconomic or ethnic situation/background. missed because they can hardly be regained.”
What past experience has had the most impact on your life? Why?
I spent eight amazing days doing relief work in Haiti shortly after the 2010 earthquake. I was able to just be a doctor. The people were so gracious and loving. They helped me more than I could ever have helped them. I started my journey of living and not simply existing on that trip.
Favorite movie: “The Color Purple”
Favorite musical artist: This is a difficult question as music is my oxygen. Tied for the number one spot are: Prince/ Stevie Wonder/ Dwele/ Lalah Hathaway/ Erykah Badu/ Jill Scott/ Robert Glasper/ Lauryn Hill
Describe your journey to attending SLU LAW.
I first considered law school during my intern year of residency. I liked medicine, so I thought it was a bit crazy that I would even think of such. But I thought of it often through the years. My resolve was that I would be would attend law school in my next life. But the desire never went away; it only became stronger. I took the LSAT for the first time in 2009, but got cold feet and didn’t apply. I finally stopped being afraid of making such a bold career change in 2012. I took the LSAT, applied, and here I am.
What’s most challenging about adjusting to law school?
Law has been a bit more abstract, than medicine, for me. The law changes from state to state and the canvas is ever changing. The foundation is not a set of rules, but is the process of learning to use and apply the dynamic case. This takes a bit of adjustment.
How does your experience as an OBGYN alter your perspective on the law?
I don’t know that it has altered my perspective at all. The malpractice insurance and risk of being sued is incredible. One might think that this would make me dislike the law and lawyers, but I actually love it and am quite intrigued. I came to law school for the education. The end to that is yet to be revealed. I am just so excited that I finally got the courage to do it.
What impresses you most about the professors here?
They are approachable and each one of them has appeared to genuinely care that I get a quality education. They have all expected excellence and have made that obvious without using fear.
What do you want to do after graduation?
I don’t know, yet, but am excited to find out.
Where is your favorite place to spend Saturday afternoon in St. Louis?
What would you tell a prospective student about living in St. Louis?
St. Louis has options. No matter your background, you can find a place of comfort. I have been pleased with the diversity.
What does St. Louis offer that you didn’t expect?
Mardi Gras. I have not yet experienced it, but I was surprised to hear how great it is.
What is your favorite place to eat in St. Louis?