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

On a warm summer day in the late 1990s, I woke up to sounds of cheering and triumph. Echoing from my parent’s room, I was able to make out what the crackling TV was saying, “And the winner of the lightweight title is Papo Velazquez!” My father jumped as he realized I had appeared in the doorway, curious as to what was going on. Laughingly, he then shut off the VCR tape that was playing on a loop and asked me to join him. As any child would, I climbed into his lap while he turned on Sesame Street. The episode had a focus on careers and professional goals. While braiding my hair, he said to me “Alexandra, will you be a doctor, lawyer, or teacher?” From this moment on, it would take almost twenty years before I would realize that what I had discovered that summer morning was the beginning of my professional journey.
Throughout my life, I’ve learned that it takes much trial and error to succeed. Whether it be my efforts to discover my dream career, my harsh attempts to find my place as a woman of color in corporate America, or my attempts to find who I am, I took a risky jump and rebelled against what everyone around me told me was safe. I quit my dream job. Followed by weeks of self-rediscovery, I spent the next few weeks reflecting on my past experiences in New York to re-imagine what the future holds for me. It was then that I decided to pursue the legal field.
I’d wanted to be a lawyer my entire life.
After much consideration, I’ve decided to enter the sports and entertainment legal field in order to help athletes from various backgrounds navigate the often unfamiliar and complex road that lay ahead when pursuing a career as a professional athlete.
Obtaining a Juris Doctor degree will aid me in my quest to help emerging athletes, such as my father, understand the legalities of their career and the personal road that lay ahead of them so that they are able to successfully achieve their dreams.

Alexandra from New Jersey
Rutgers Law School