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Student Spotlight - Garret

Hometown: Pleasanton, CA   
High School: Hamilton High School   
ASU Major: Human Communications    

Why ASU?

I would love to give some sort of detailed account of the dynamic decisions I made that led me to ASU. However, this would not be true. After attending high school in Arizona, ASU seemed to be the best choice, primarily due to low tuition costs and the variety of programs offered. My path to ASU was not direct though. After graduation, I spent five years trying to figure out what I wanted to do in life. After much soul searching I decided to go back to school and started at Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC). It was there that I realized the power of the legal system, the impact it has had upon my life and likewise embraced my goal of pursuing a law degree. After two years of success at CGCC, I transferred to ASU in order to continue my progress towards my goal.    

What activities are you involved in?

Currently, I am an active member of Phi Alpha Delta, the co-ed, pre-law fraternity at ASU. In addition to that, being a 25-year-old Barrett student, I am a member of the Barrett Honors College Association of Non-traditional Students (BHCANS). I plan to spend my summer either working with a non-profit, community service organization, or interning in order to round out my law school applications for later this year.    

Best thing about ASU?

It offers specific resources that greatly benefit pre-law students. The pre-law advisors have given me tons of advice and direction in relation to my career goal. One of the most valuable experiences for me thus far has been with Phi Alpha Delta (PAD). With PAD, I have developed bonds with fellow pre-law students who can relate to the general strife of a pre-law student. From helping each other study for the LSAT, to enjoying social events in which close friendships are built, PAD has provided me with an excellent opportunity for community service and networking. I look forward to staying in contact with my fellow members as we embark on our journey to law school and beyond.    

Advice

I would recommend three things. First, the opportunities at ASU are endless. Take early advantage of these chances to develop yourself as well as your resume. In pursuing a law career, extra-curricular activities and community service, in addition to your GPA and LSAT score, are essential to a powerful law school application. Your focus, especially if planning on law school, should be on giving yourself the best chance of being admitted to the law school of your dreams. Secondly, aside from the academic challenges of college life, I recommend that you focus on one thing...enjoying yourself. As cliché as it may sound, your time at ASU will be some of the best years of your life. Lastly, based upon my own experience, the biggest piece of advice I can give would be to never give up. No matter how hard things are during your student life, the end goal is getting your degree. Don't let anything stand in the way of you and your dream.    

Test preparation

I have not yet taken the LSAT or started preparing. However, I am currently enrolled in the Kaplan LSAT course. In the weeks leading up to the class, I have been going over an old LSAT review book that I borrowed from a friend.