In 1975 I was a married, 24-year-old secretary living in New York City, putting my husband through medical school. We drove to Syracuse to see where we would live during his residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital and see the university where I had the pie-in-the sky dream of finishing college.
When we drove up to the campus it was like Dorothy getting to the Emerald City...the buildings...the chance to go to school full time! It took every penny we had for me to register that first semester. I knew nothing about financial aid, never had an educational advisor, and I was terrified that I would not succeed. Once registered and attending classes, I was determined to take advantage of all the University had to offer. I actually arrived at the door of the library before it opened each morning, and caught the bus home well after dark each night. The financial aid office somehow found scholarship money to keep me going. Some of my professors helped me to form a plan to go to law school and I'm convinced that it was their recommendations that moved Syracuse University College of Law to accept me.
I graduated in 1977 and received my J.D. in 1980. I also was not the typical law student as I was the first female law student to be granted a maternity leave from the College of Law in 1979 and still graduate with my class. I had a 40-year career in law. I'm now retired and still have a sense of gratitude toward the University’s staff and faculty. Syracuse University gave me a broad education as an undergrad and a fulfilling career.