Garcia & Ochoa - May 2020

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MAY 2020


The People Who Influenced Me

truly cared about us and took time to focus on every aspect of our lives, not just our education. Now, about my mother, where do I even start with her? I love that woman to death. She’s absolutely a godsend, and I can’t begin to express how grateful I am to have her in my life. I honestly don’t know where I would be today without her constant guidance and support in my life. She is my role model, someone I look up to and aspire to be like someday; she is the powerhouse of my life. Mom always has a knack for pointing me in the right direction, whether that was in college, law school, or now in my career. I owe most of my success to her and the faith she has in me, which helped me overcome the days and nights that were particularly rough. Law school can be tough to get through, and you need to have a village behind you. My mom was the leader of my village; she would talk with me over the phone while I cried, send food when I was starving, and visit me when I needed to see her the most. One of my favorite things she ever did was help me feel at home. When I left home for the first time for law school, I was very homesick, and my mom did a great job helping me decorate my apartment. She put little pieces of home around the place without telling me so I could find them later on. Every time she came to visit, she’d leave notes hidden all over, on my pillow or in a book I was reading, as little reminders that she was always with me and only a phone call or three-hour drive away. It still made me miss home, but knowing she had my back no matter what was heartwarming. I am beyond grateful for the people who have impacted my life, and especially so for my mother. I would not be the person I am today with their influence, guidance, and life lessons.

Some of the biggest influences in my life have been my mother and my teacher. The lessons they taught me shaped my character and I am so thankful for that. Through the lessons they taught me, I have shaped myself and my character, and I am so thankful for that. May is a perfect opportunity for me to express that gratitude since both Mother’s Day and National Teacher Appreciation Day are celebrated this month. When I think back to all my teachers, it’s hard to narrow it down to just one who influenced me the most. I’ve always looked up to teachers. They spend their time dedicated to shaping future generations and doing whatever they can to ignite drive in their students. I know it takes a lot out of their day to do what they do, and I have nothing but respect for them. I’ve seen that drive in every teacher I’ve had, and that left a positive influence on me. Each of my teachers impacted my life in some way — not just through the academic lessons they taught but also through lessons I can apply in my everyday life. In law school, there were many professors I could rely on if I ever needed them. I knew I could reach out and ask a question or get an opinion on something I might be stuck on. One such professor who comes to mind is David Grenardo from St. Mary’s School of Law. He really influenced my career choice and even how I handle myself as a lawyer. He taught me to be respectful toward people, no matter the circumstance, whether it was in the classroom or the courtroom facing off against another attorney. The most important point he emphasized in class was making sure we took care of ourselves. He constantly talked about creating an equal balance between our careers and our family life. That really hit home for me. Finding that balance, which can be tough in this profession, is very important to me. Professor Grenardo

“Through the lessons they taught me, I have shaped myself and my character, and I am so thankful for that.”

Lulu Vela

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