Personal Statement: 


In 2024, I will be the first in my family to graduate from a University and pursue a career in Law. Growing up in South Philadelphia, was pretty rough, at a young age I witnessed my mother work two jobs to support my sister and I. Witnessing my mother's sacrifice and hard work to provide my sister and I with the best lifestyle possible I was determined that I would not become a statistic. Since the 7th or 8th grade, I was destined to become a Criminal Defense Attorney to fight and advocate for those who are poorly represented and wrongfully convicted. This aspiration has blossomed tremendously since I’ve begun my college journey, after taking courses on the history of colonialism and international politics, my primary goal now is to help change the majority’s perceptions of underdeveloped countries, and to do so, I think we need to step back from our own biases, privilege, and individualist mindset of us vs. them and/or me vs. you, and start collectively supporting and bringing awareness to the years of oppression and inequality other nations have encountered. The fight against inequality isn’t easy because there have been systems put into place that will continue to favor the majority all while serving as a detriment to the minority, but by applying my knowledge and research my long-term goal is to become a legislator. We need more African-American women in politics and with my knowledge and drive, I will implement laws favoring everyone in America, and not just one particular group. If we want to truly see change within the world we need more people who are willing to and are strong enough to dismantle a system that has been built to continuously oppress minority individuals. In the future, I see a world where everyone and anyone can live in their true skin without the fear of being judged or life being threatened. Martin Luther King. Jr once said, " I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."

Kayla S.

  • School: Bucknell University

    Major: Political Science and Women & Gender Studies
    Minor: Spanish

    Anticipated Graduation: 

    • Undergrad (2024)