Featured Lawtina: Marlene Posada
My name is Marlene Posada and I am a rising 3L Law Student at St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, FL. I was born in Hialeah, FL to two Cuban Immigrants. My parents both fled their home country of Cuba and left behind most of their families in order to provide a better future for their children. My mother came as a young girl and had to go through school knowing only Spanish. My father came as a young adult after being a doctor in Cuba. My father took the MCAT multiple times and failed because back then the MCAT was only in English and he still had not learned English, so he worked multiple jobs just to make ends meet.
Once my mother and father met, they learned English together, got married, and my father supported my mother as she finished obtaining her associates degree whilst she was 7 months pregnant with me and working full time. My mom didn't stop after this, she kept working trying to climb her way to the top to make sure she was able to provide her family and show us that anything was possible. Throughout my entire life, my parents always told me to shoot for the stars and always follow my dreams. Well, that dream for me was law school, and I knew it the second I met a judge at my kindergarten career fair. I spent my entire life trying to make my parents proud even through all the obstacles.
During college, I worked full time and was a full time student and in my sophomore year my dad had some serious health issues where it was uncertain what would happen. During this time, I continued to work and study full time whilst taking care of him until he was able to get back on his feet. I am a first generation college graduate, a first generation graduate student, and I will be the first lawyer in my family. I am eternally grateful to my parents for being so selfless and leaving behind their home for a future that was unknown, if there was ever a way to repay them for everything they have done for me I would do it in a heartbeat. If there is anyone out there that is thinking they can't do it, that there are too many obstacles, just go for it. You will never know unless you try and I promise you it will be worth it in the end. So thank you Mami y Papi for everything, this JD is for you.