There it was. I had never witnessed something so beautiful and natural. The turtles were lined up, one after another, awaiting their turn in the pristine waters of Kauai’s Poipu Coast. I tried not to let my air bubbles disturb this scene I was now a part of. After checking my oxygen levels and depth gage, I found I still had time to see this spectacle. Each turtle was patiently waiting to enter its communal home in the cavern’s, which was forged from volcanic tubing. This was a seminal moment that crystallized my love for what occurs below the surface. I realized in that instant the beautiful fragility of nature and the responsibility that we have as its most influential custodians.
It seems it has always been that way in my life, that I pursue my passion for the earth in ever-deepening depths. Like the peeling of an onion, nature has endless layers to be explored, protected and respected. I first recall realizing the vastness of ecology at age three when my family lived on our sailboat, Euminides, for three months. Being on the boat allowed me to skate on top of the waves in the company of our neighbors: seals, pelicans, whales, sea otters and once even a great white! Witnessing the water bubble with action when a school of sardines attracted dolphins, sea gulls, and a massive male sea lion, made me hungry to know what was happening below the water’s break. Thus began my quest to explore nature in all of its dimensions.
While our frequent trips to the Monterey Bay Aquarium gave me glimpses into the world beneath the sea, we also took advantage of the pristine beauty of the Big Sur Coast and the life that bustled on the surface. Here I began to understand the relationship between the ocean and the forest. Wat...
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... of the University of Utah’s stellar reputation in Environmental Law, it is the obvious choice for me. In fact, it is the only law school I am applying to due to my opinion that it is the best program in the nation. SJ Quinney College of Law has continually demonstrated its commitment to environmental law and a deep sense of community. I believe this sense of community can enhance and deepen my ability to protect the environment and the creatures which inhabit it. As an attorney, I feel that I can better serve as a custodian and protector for the beauty in nature that lives below the surface of the obvious.
And now here, again, is another seminal moment in my life. The moment I am applying to gain entrance to the SJ Quinney College of Law. I would be honored to bring into the freshman class of Fall 2017, a voice that speaks passionately on behalf of our environment.
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