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Bears, Foster Homes, Resourcefulness, Love, and Endless Opportunity
published November 20, 2012
“My key strengths and skills I would like to use to advance my career goals are my personal skills and my creativity. I am very good at expressing myself and speaking to people in almost any situation. I take pride in being confident in myself and not being timid in any situation, no matter if I am talking to a prominent figure or an everyday conversation with any person I come in contact with. I find that my positive personal skills will be vital in becoming a successful lawyer. I have been able to relate to clients and form a very positive relationship with numerous clients at my current position at Valli Kane and Vagnini, LLP. I feel continuing to use these skills and improve upon them even more will be very helpful in advancing my career in the legal field.”
“I also mentioned my creativity. I love being creative with the law and I think it is very important and helpful for a lawyer to be creative. The law changes constantly and in order to make any effective argument some creativity must be used. In order to make persuasive arguments as a lawyer, creativity is essential. I have always been creative and had a very active mind. I love coming up with arguments that others have not thought of before and take pride in advancing my own arguments with proper justification. I love coming up with new ways of doing things and think this will lead to great success in my career as a lawyer.”
“I like to handle new assignments by doing proper background research. I do not like to delve into things without the proper information[,] so I believe in doing my homework when I take on any task. There is nothing wrong with knowing more than you need to and it is impossible to be as effective as you can be in any situation without knowing all the relevant information. Once I do the proper background information gathering, I like to challenge myself and work hard to complete tasks. I am not afraid to ask for help and think that, when appropriate, enlisting others can be very effective in improving our own skills. Experience is the best way to learn to do something. As such, I believe it can never hurt to have someone who knows more than yourself give you advice on a topic. So, I guess my overall theory on tackling new assignments is to gather as much information as possible and be open to the suggestions of those who have more experience than I do.”
“My top priority outside of work is my family. I have a very close-knit family and my father is currently quite sick with cancer. My parents have always been very good to my brother and I and I think it is our job to keep the family close together now that I am 25 and he is 28 years old. My brother and father are my best friends and nobody has my back more than my mother who would fight to the death on my behalf without me ever having to ask for it. I am truly blessed to have a great family and just hope my father is able to overcome his illness so I have time to repay him for all he has done for me over the years. Also, I have a girlfriend of 4 years named Meghan who has become a part of my family and is right up there with the others I mentioned. She is another who, like my mother, would fight to the end for me without me ever having to ask for her help. She is truly a blessing and someone who I hope to spend the rest of my life with.
“I have faced some substantial obstacles in my life. First, when I was about 6 years old I lost my hearing in my right ear. The exact time I lost it is unknown as we only found out when I began hanging up the phone on people! No real explanation for how this happened was ever given but it was seemingly a result of many different problems[,] including a concussion and multiple ear infections. I have overcome this by simply accepting it and never letting it bother me. I never let anyone feel sorry for me for my unfortunate hearing loss. I have adapted to the point where people would never know unless I tell them and the only situation where it ever comes into play is when someone whispers something to me. I don't even think about it any more as it has been almost 20 years[,] and I have grown to know that I have so many blessings in my life that I cannot let this one unfortunate thing that has happened to me bother me at all. My life is pretty good and I refuse to allow a slight physical impediment have any effect on my life and career.
Another obstacle I faced was losing my grandfather and my dog both within a short time period right before I turned 21 years old. These two were two of my best friends. My grandfather was always there for me. Out of all his 8 grandchildren I look and act the most like he did and everyone tells me I'm the 21st century version of him! He was a great influence on me and he passed while I was away at school. Unfortunately when he fell ill I did not make it back until after he passed and did not get to say goodbye to him like I wish I could have. However, I spoke to him over the phone shortly before he passed and my mother relayed the message that he loved me and that he knew I could do anything I put my mind to. My dog Fred passed shortly after my grandfather and I had him from when I was 7 years old until he passed. He was truly like a member of the family[,] and seeing him fall ill and eventually pass was not easy. I overcame these two unfortunate passings by knowing they would want me to be the best I could be. My grandfather always looked out for me and was always so proud of all of my accomplishments that I wouldn't want to disappoint him. . .I know he is looking down with a huge smile on his face every time I accomplish anything. My dog was so protective of me and I like to think he saved me from a lot of bad things that could have happened to me! He was a little dog with a big heart and always tried to protect me, even sometimes from dogs that were 5 times his size! I like to think that he didn't protect me for nothing and [I] know that he always wanted me to be happy.
The final and most substantial obstacle I want to share is my father's unfortunate bout with cancer. My father is the best man I know. He is extremely compassionate, selfless, and everyone who meets him loves him immediately. He has been battling cancer for the past 6 months (since it was discovered) and the treatment has been very hard on him. He deserves to overcome this awful disease and live a long life. I want nothing more than for him to be happy and healthy. This obstacle is one I am still dealing with at the moment but hopefully we can overcome it together. I love my father and want to make him as proud as I possibly can because he has always been there for me. I want my father to see me succeed in my career and I want to share my accomplishments with him because he is always so happy when my brother and I succeed. I just pray that he gets through this, [because] he means the world to me.”
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