Omnia L'24

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College of Law

Major/Minor: Third Year Law Student and Master’s Student; Dual Degree Candidate at Syracuse University College of Law (JD) and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs (MPA)

Describe your Syracuse experience in a couple of sentences.
Syracuse has greatly shaped the woman that I am, the lawyer that I will be, and the leader I hope to become. From the first time I visited the campus, I knew that it was a place that appreciated me and valued my lived experiences. There is a general, unspoken understanding that each student brings something unique and special, which makes our community better and stronger.

How is the College of Law preparing you for your future career?
I am going to be a lawyer because I want to help people. The College of Law has given me the opportunity to help others through my work with the Betty and Michael D. Wohl Veterans Legal Clinic, volunteering to support Afghan refugees arriving in Syracuse, and advocating for my fellow students as the president of the Class of 2024.

What are your plans after graduation?
I hope to use my law and public policy degrees to draft federal legislation that is responsive to people's needs. I also hope to hold large corporations and entities accountable for how their actions may negatively impact people.

How has your involvement with any organizations/extracurriculars impacted you?
Being class president has allowed me to give back to my law school community. I can leave Syracuse knowing that I made it just a little bit better, which is all I could ask for.

Are you the recipient of any scholarships?
I am the recipient of the Dean’s Merit scholarship, Tomorrow’s Advocate scholarship, and the Syracuse Public Interest Network grant.

What has been your favorite Syracuse experience so far?
Law school is incredibly challenging, and you need a strong support system to get through it. I am thankful for the friends I have made in Syracuse. Because law school is excruciating, I absolutely love seeing my friends and classmates succeed, win an external scholarship, get published, and land that dream internship or job. It is a very isolating three years in school, and we learn to cheer each other on and to be there for all of the successes and moments that feel like a failure, even though they are not – that is what I like the most.

How has donor generosity impacted your time at Syracuse?
By investing in us, donors are investing in a new generation of lawyers. It goes a long way to provide students with as many resources as possible and that includes providing us with financial support. Many students, myself included, would not have been able to experience internship opportunities or even attend law school in general without the generosity of donor support.

Why do you think giving is important?
Giving is important because it makes so many opportunities for students possible. Many students face financial hardship, and, especially in law school, we might not have the time to complete all of the applications necessary to receive outside scholarships or want the consequences of taking out a private loan. Giving helps alleviate financial burdens, which in turn helps students focus on their schoolwork. Giving allows us the grace to just be students.

What does it mean to you to be Orange?
To me, being Orange means being inclusive and creating an environment where everyone feels heard, supported and valued.

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