Mary's Story

I originally went to college straight from high school, but after two years, both my college and I decided (separately) that I needed a break. What was to be a one-year hiatus turned into eight. I had enormous difficulties with being gay; I was the epitome of internalized homophobia and became "born again" as a college freshman... No part of my identity made me feel so entirely "other" as did my being gay—not being female playing on male sports teams nor even being a first-generation Filipina who remembers standing in food bank lines as a child, who attended a private high school and a private college surrounded mostly by white students from upper-income to straight-up wealthy families. However, I have found my experience in law school to be open, welcoming, and supportive.