My Bounce-Back Story
Becoming a lawyer was always my #1 career choice and I knew the Georgia State University College of Law was my ideal school. While attending Georgia State University for my undergraduate and master's degree, I worked full-time in the campus mailroom. Ironically, the law school building was on my mail route. Every day I walked through the front doors to deliver mail and packages to four floors, it felt like manifesting destiny.
In Fall 2016, I was accepted into the Georgia State University College of Law in the part-time evening program while working in the campus mailroom during the daytime. Immediately after the Spring 2017 semester, I was dismissed with a 1.29 cumulative GPA and would be required to wait a mandatory two years before reapplying.
Nonetheless, I continued to work in the campus mailroom and walked inside of the law school every day as the mailman and a "dismissed law student." Consequently, I experienced a daily, unavoidable face-to-face encounter with past classmates, professors, deans, and staff members that undoubtedly knew about my dismissal status.
For 125 consecutive weeks (two years), I self-coached and trained myself how to be "very comfortable being extremely uncomfortable" under such intense mental conditions. From Fall 2017 to Spring 2018, I organized two 15 week independent study programs to diligently rework my past 1L course syllabuses. Immediately after a workday in the campus mailroom, I studied in the law school library until the 11 p.m. closing time. During the December 2017 and May 2018 exam period, I simulated real exam-taking conditions by utilizing practice exams from online study aids. As a result, I completed well-organized, thorough answers for each exam that drastically differed from my poor exam analysis and performance in Fall 2016 and Spring 2017.
In Fall 2019, I received readmission into the Georgia State University College of Law and retook all previous 1L courses with different professors. Notably, I still worked full-time in the campus mailroom. I achieved a 2.88 GPA in the Fall 2019 semester and a 3.7 GPA in the Spring 2020 semester. It was a sensational “bounce-back” moment for me! Going forward, I strive to improve my academic and mental performance every semester while helping many law students in the process!