My Personal Story That Connects My Family History With My Professional Ambitions

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The view from the top of Vernon Hill, a low-income neighborhood in Worcester, MA, is reflective of both of my lineage and my current identity with aspirational career goals. It is also the scene in the opening paragraph of my book that connects my family history with my professional ambitions. My personal story inspires my academic hopes of becoming a lawyer who fights for the underprivileged and helps create access to educational opportunities for them. As Irish immigrants with limited money and no education, my great-grandparents moved to a three-decker house on Vernon Hill. They sought a better life for their children by stressing the importance of education as the key to social and economic mobility. Three generations later, I am a rising sophomore at the College of the Holy Cross, located within a few miles of this neighborhood. Although I am living the American dream, I am keenly aware that many are not blessed with the opportunities that I have been given.

In accordance with the Catholic intellectual tradition of educating men and women for others, my first year at Holy Cross has taught me that the gifts bestowed upon me are best used when I can make a difference in someone else’s life. Therefore, I wonder not how, but if, I can make a difference in the life of an of immigrant child currently residing on Mt. Vernon who needs encouragement and guidance on how to move beyond the limitations of life on Vernon Hill.

One child in particular I would like to…

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