Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.

In mid-2018 I was granted a place in low-income social housing in the Petite Bourgogne borough in the South-West of Montreal. I had been a single mom for a year, and was about to embark on my final year of my undergraduate degree. During this transition, I often reflected on how many obstacles that I had overcome in my journey towards graduation. Now as an incoming law student (studies begin in Aug. 2020), I am solidifying my commitment to my personal ambition of continuing my education.
I began my post-secondary education at McGill University at age 18, in mid-2014. I was alone in the country and was faced with a then recent injury (December 2013) that is now a permanent disability to my dominant hand/wrist. Within my first two years at McGill, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called lupus, entered into an abusive relationship and following marriage, suffered a miscarriage, was plagued with an eating disorder and anxiety disorder. Then, I became pregnant with my daughter. Already, by age 19, I could relate to those with serious mental and physical health concerns, as well as survivors of domestic violence. My desire to study both towards my Masters and my Juris Doctorate stems from my role as a mother. My four-year-old daughter, Evelyn is my biggest inspiration.
At McGill, I took the Winter 2016 semester as a medical leave of absence as my high risk pregnancy mandated bedrest and I temporarily relocated back to the United States as my Canadian study permit mandated that I must not remain in Canada if I was not studying full-time. After a traumatic birth, we returned to Montreal where I returned to my studies in the Fall 2016, with a four-month-old baby in tow. Three years later, I graduated with Honours with my Bachelor of Arts degree. My daughter was in one of the front rows at my convocation ceremony and I look forward to being the female role model for her that I never had as I study towards my MA and my JD.

Olivia from Michigan
McGill University and Michigan State University College of Law