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Nelly N Waribe

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Nelly N Waribe

“It’s not how you start that’s important, but how you finish!”

I graduated in 2016 with my BSW from UMBC. As such, I was eligible to apply for the one year advanced program at UMB. In the midst of completing my application, I was persuaded to pursue a dual degree MSW/JD instead of going to law school after the MSW program. I withdrew my application and started studying for the LSAT while working as a paralegal. In fall 2018, I finally enrolled at UMB. Initially, my goal was to enroll at the Carey Law School the following year; however, I was waitlisted which meant the dual degree was no longer an option. Although deeply disappointing, giving up on my childhood dream of being an attorney was not an option. Life has also taught me that when one door closes, you simply try another door. You either gain doors or create doors to enter in. Either way, access granted. This waitlister was offered two acceptances to law school. I will now have my MSW and be a licensed social worker, as I start law school in the fall!

First and foremost, I give God all the praise and glory for all that He has done and will continue to do in my life. I'm forever grateful for my parents. Without their support, I wouldn't be where I am today. My family and friends have been so supportive. Their unwavering belief in me has gotten me through the darkest of times.

Macro/Community Action & Social Policy

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