"If I can help change at least one life and make a child safer or receive the justice they deserve, that one life will do the same for someone or something else in the future."
- Stephanie B.
If you were to tell my mother ten years ago today that her daughter would be attending the University of Hawaii, she would tell you that you are out of your mind. I have always been an overachiever in everything I do in my life, especially if someone thinks I can't do it. Any opportunity I get to overcome a difficulty or conflict in my own life, or if I can be of assistance to someone else, I make sure I get it done tenfold.
Currently, I work as a nanny/caregiver to children with special needs all along the spectrum and including kids with cerebral palsy. I know that my impact may not be one to change their way of living, but if I can just give them one more smile or make their day go by any smoother than the day before, then I am at their side through it all.
My biggest dream is to go to law school and become a lawyer to help others who have experienced injustice. I have been working with kids since my very first job working as a taekwondo coach. I want to be an advocate for children and their rights. In today's world, so many children go through cruel, unjust trauma with absolutely no representation.
In order for a change to be made, representation and advocating for their rights is the first step to really making a difference. Our future depends on how the children and future generations are treated and fought for. Children have far less representation than they deserve. If I can help change at least one life and make a child safer or receive the justice they deserve, that one life will do the same for someone or something else in the future. If I can help one child’s life under the law, whether it be getting them out of a dangerous situation or having their voice actually represented, it can change their whole outlook on life and what they will do for others in the future.
"Pursuing a college degree, and further into law school in the future, is of utmost importance to me and my family because I want to show my siblings and parents that anyone can make a change no matter how little or how big their actions may be."
- Stephanie B.
I am currently transferring as a junior in college to the University of Hawaii at Manoa to pursue my bachelor’s degree in psychology and law. Many people I know personally will take the easy route of not pursuing a challenging, time-consuming, and competitive role in receiving a college education. I am pursuing my degree and dream of future education in law school because I know it will be difficult. I know it will be competitive and time-consuming, but it is worth it if, in the long run, I am able to help ensure a better life for someone else, or even help serve them the justice their rights apply.
Pursuing a college degree, and further into law school in the future, is of utmost importance to me and my family because I want to show my siblings and parents that anyone can make a change no matter how little or how big their actions may be. Anyone who has met me knows when I have a dream, I pursue it. It is so important to not only my community, but to myself that I can earn a degree in order to take the next step and be closer to really making an impact on the justice our country has.
- Stephanie B.