The valedictorian was having a conversation with me discussing his aspirations in business. My classmate asked “What are your career goals?” I said “I’m going to major in Economics and then pursue law.” Suddenly he paused and said “Since you speak Spanish, you could make money by convincing companies to ship factories to Mexico.” I looked at him and said “People will lose their jobs. How are they going to live?” The valedictorian said “Who cares? What matters is making a lot of money. Why should you care about those people?”
No matter what I did for my community there would be business associates like my classmate that saw factory workers not as people, but as a burden for profits. My classmate’s infamous advice motivated me to become an icon within the business community that protects and defends the American worker. As I look at my community through a pragmatic perspective, I am influenced to study law because it’s my desire to transform the Hispanic community. Children and people in poor communities will be able to improve their socioeconomic status when I’m able to bring the values of education, responsibility, and empathy to them.
My career’s success will not be based on my salary, but the difference I make for my fellow citizens. I can’t use my legal knowledge to hurt my community, instead I should expand opportunity because I’m the son of a factory worker whose job was shipped to China.