Featured Lawtina: Anna Rivera
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“My name is Anna Rivera. I am a 24 year -old law student, I am about to start my Legal Practice Course in England and this is my story.
I grew up in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Ever since I was little, I dreamed of studying abroad. I wanted to travel and get to know different cultures. I would like to say I always knew I wanted to be a lawyer but that would be a lie. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do but I was sure that I wanted to have a profession where I could get to help others. I always knew the only way that I could study abroad was to get a scholarship because my parents wouldn’t have been able to afford all of my tuition and living expenses. Therefore, in the last four years of High School I spend every waking hour studying and in my last year I applied to many universities in the United States. I graduated with honors from high school in 2013 and because I am lucky enough to have parents who have worked all their life to support me and my siblings I was able to accept an academic scholarship to Lindenwood University in Missouri.
Those four years where filled with cultural and economicchallenges. I was submerged in the unknown, surrounded by different cultures, expectations and responsibilities like never before. Leaving my home country was the hardest thing I had ever done then but it was the best decision I ever made. It taught me independence, resilience and adaptability.
I was taking 8 classes a semester and working part-time. My dad lost his job in the last year and in order to finish I have to apply for an Endowed Scholarship which I was awarded due to my 4.0 GPA and involvement with the university and the surrounding community.
In 2017, I graduated with a 4.0 GPA Summa Cum Laude and University Honors in Elementary Education with a minor in special education and early childhood and I was also awarded the Maria Leonard Alpha Lamda Delta Senior Book Award.
My original plan was to work as a teacher for a few years until I could save enough money to pay for law school and prepare for the LSAT. But by then I had met the most amazing people and fell in love with my now boyfriend of five years. He is Britishand therefore we decided to move to England. Just like my family my boyfriend has been my biggest supporter and rock throughout this whole process. We started researching for law schools in England and we found one where I could do an LLB in Law (accelerated in two years) and he could complete his masters in Economics. Fast forward two years and I have finish my course and graduated from the University of York with an LLB in Law. In addition to that in my first year I was awarded a York Award and York Future Scholarship and in my second year I was awarded the York Gold Award and a Citizenship Award by the York Law School.
After a three-week summer internship, I have secured a job with a global leading law firm and will start my Training Contract in 2021. This next year I am starting my Legal Practice Course which is similar to the Bar Exam in the United States. I would love to work in litigation, employment or Intellectual Property and Technology Law.
I have started a blog(BrownEyedLawyer) where I am hoping to share my advice, experiences and insights with other law students.
This is an excerpt from it.
My best advice is RESILIENCE. Do not give up, do not feel like you aren’t good enough, or you aren’t meeting your potential. You have gotten this far already and you will go even farther. “Success is not Final, Failure is not Fatal. It is the Courage to Continue that Counts”.