By Ana | March 29, 2013
Some people might say that the first day of your senior year is the Beginning of the End. Some people might say that it’s the first day of spring semester of your senior year. But I think the Beginning of the End is the day that you finally figure out what the heck you’re doing after graduation.The Beginning of the End for me was last Saturday, when I went to an Admitted Student Preview Weekend at one of the law schools I applied to. After meeting students, professors, alumni, and staff, I told my mom in the car on the way home, “That’s it. That’s where I’m going to school. I don’t need to look anymore.”
It was a huge relief. Finally, after months and months and months, all this was done. I am almost-officially on to the next chapter of my life. It is incredibly exciting. It is also completely terrifying. The last four years went way, way too fast.
I knew on my way to the Preview Weekend that this would be the moment of truth. After a day there, meeting all those people and learning about the programs I would be involved in, I would just know if it was the right place for me.
And I did.
I am very excited to announce that I will be joining the Case Western Reserve University School of Law Class of 2016 this fall!
Originally, I had no real intentions of returning back to Cleveland. I was going to head off to the east coast or the west coast, or maybe settle down in Chicago. But that was before I learned about the international law program at Case. International law students at Case get internships in London, Paris, New York, Geneva, the Hague, and on location at various tribunals all over the world (i.e. the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, located in Tanzania, and a similar tribunal for Cambodia, which takes places in Cambodia). This is totally normal. Case’ s international law students do this stuff all the time. Many also end up working at the locations after graduation, or work for the government, a non-governmental organization, or private firms across the country. I got to meet one of my future professors, who organizes the program, and after talking about the program, research opportunities, course offerings, what I’d be doing, and where I’d be going, there was no way I could walk away from the opportunities there.
And here’s the kicker: they decided to offer me a scholarship for 75% of tuition costs.
Needless to say, I am absolutely thrilled, happy, and very relieved to have finally figured out the direction I’ll be going in this next chapter of my life. There are no words for how much I’ll miss all the friends I’ve met here, and how something will remind me of an Ohio State memory at least ten times a day, and how no one else will understand, unless they’re a Buckeye, to.
Because going to Ohio State isn’t just a four-year thing. It’s a lifetime commitment. You take a little piece of it with you everywhere you go. And Ohio State keeps a little piece of you, too.
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