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

I’ve always wanted to be a princess. Growing up I can’t remember any child my age who didn’t absolutely love and model after some type of Disney movie. My favorite films, however, were always the ones about princesses. I’m sure every young girl at some point desired to be a princess, and can attest to having dreamed of living in a castle, wearing a crown and attending elaborate balls. Although I shared those same girlish and nostalgic daydreams, even as a young girl, my intuitive nature always allowed me to identify meaningful trends in the storylines and lead characters beyond the fairytale aspect of the movies I adored so much.
To me a princess is noble, in that she carries herself with dignity, listens attentively to the concerns of others, and makes choices based on what’s right rather than how she feels. A princess does not demand special treatment from others, but by inherited obligation, serves and protects the livelihood of the public whom she governs. This concept representing individuals whose voices are often unrecognized in society has shaped and influenced my aspiration to ultimately educate myself to be able to aid the public directly.
The image of what a princess really is, is both who I already identified myself to be and who I desired to potentially be. I knew I may never get a crown with a horse and carriage, however, I knew there were possibilities for me to place myself in a professional position to offer competent service to the public, while having a large influence in the creation and implementation of rules that affect how people conduct their daily lives. It is this notion of commitment to protect the best interest of the public, that has influenced my enthusiasm to attend law school and pursue a career in administrative law as an attorney.
I consider laws and regulations to precisely impact the public and our way of life, and therefore, public input should be a priority and placed at high consideration during the formulation and review of regulations.
In the year of 2022, with my childhood aspirations still intact, as woman dedicated to the service and diplomacy of society, I intend to graduate from law school with my cap and hood – though not the same as a princess crown covered in jewels, will yet and still be just as noble and well worth the wait.

Mecca from Texas
Southern University Law Center