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I would like to begin by sharing a quote that means a great deal to me. Nothing else I have ever read has so completely and articulately encapsulated feelings I have felt my entire life. From the The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B Du Bois, “After the Egyptian and Indian, the Greek and Roman, the Teuton and Mongolian, the Negro is a sort of seventh son, born with a veil, and gifted with second-sight in this American world,—a world which yields him no true self-consciousness, but only lets him see himself through the revelation of the other world. It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity. One ever feels his two-ness,—an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.” My life has very much been a reflection of the ideas Du Bois lays bare. I have always explained my identity as a triality. I grew up poor, I am African American, and I am also transgender. Separate and interrelated, these aspects of who I am have served to dominate my perspective on life and they have shaped my core beliefs and values. Each aspect has universal characteristics that bestow certain understandings. I mean this to say that those who are poor often have similar experiences as do those who are African American, and so forth and so on. I know the stress of worrying about where you are going to live from month to month. I know what it is like to be raised by a single mother. I know the anxiety of constantly juggling finances and the feelings of inferiority one feels havi... ... middle of paper ... ...ed with a second sight. Living the life I have and overcoming tremendous odds has instilled in me, a powerful sense of duty to the underprivileged, those behind the veil. That is why I am applying to Georgetown. Georgetown’s mission, faculty, academic programs, and legal centers, demonstrate a deep commitment to social justice and public interest, and that is a commitment I share. It is a commitment that I am devoting my life to. My experiences make me unique and no other candidate brings the same amount of dedication, personal strength and passion that I possess. In overcoming adversity I have found my purpose. In finding that purpose I have also found where I belong. Georgetown is where I will receive the best legal education and hone the skills needed in order to excel in becoming an advocate for social justice. Thank you so much for your time and consideration.

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