Class of 2022
Hometown: Cape Elizabeth, ME
Undergrad: University of Southern Maine
Majors/Minors: Business & Entrepreneurship/History
What did you do prior to coming to the University of Maine School of Law?
I worked in marketing for the Greater Portland Convention & Visitors Bureau. My focus was on attracting groups – weddings, trade shows, reunions, and concerts – to host their events in Maine. While completing my entrepreneurship degree here in Portland, I ran a food cart for a start-up business where we shucked and sold oysters on the waterfront. The work wasn’t easy, but it was an amazing way to spend a summer in Maine!
Why did you choose to attend the University of Maine School of Law?
I wanted to continue my education in Maine, and I was attracted to the small size of the school and wanted to feel like a part of a community. I was also interested in the clinical and fellowship opportunities available to students at all levels of their school career.
What has been most helpful to you in making the adjustment to the life of a Maine Law student?
The faculty and peers have been immensely helpful. My professors have been approachable and quick to give useful feedback, and the Teaching Fellows have given great advice regarding time-management and effective study habits.
How would you describe your experience at Maine Law?
My experience has been great! I can’t believe how quickly my first year has moved. Although difficult at times, I’ve really appreciated the support of the faculty and fellow classmates. I do not think I could do it without them!
What are you hoping to do after graduation, and how is Maine Law helping you to facilitate that goal?
I hope to find meaningful ways to contribute to my community after graduating from Maine Law. To me, that could involve working for the government, a private entity, or a nonprofit. I’m confident that Maine Law’s close connection to the community will help me to facilitate my goal.
Are you involved in extracurricular activities, either on or off campus? What are they?
Currently, I’m volunteering on a Community Task Force for the City of Portland. As a Portland resident, I’m always looking for ways to be involved in my community. I’m also a student employee of the Communications and Advancement Offices at Maine Law. It’s been a great way to continue to be a part of the Maine Law community!
When you are not at school, how do you like to spend your time?
I’m a big fan of the outdoors. In the winter, I ski and snowboard as much as possible. In the summer, I love to hike, fish, and hang out at the beach with my friends and family.
What do you like best about Portland?
To me, Portland is the ideal size. It’s big enough where I can find a diverse array of things to do while being small enough to feel like I’m a part of the community.
Portland has a reputation for its vast array of food options. Do you have any favorite restaurants or grocery stores?
I’m a huge fan of Dutch’s Cafe on Preble Street. It’s a lesser-known breakfast cafe with a great menu, including their homemade hash browns, biscuits, and jam!
For someone who is considering attending Maine Law, how would you describe the student community here?
The community is supportive and close-knit. Everybody has been approachable, kind, and welcoming. I couldn’t have asked for a better community!