kit: Project Me Dream by Cornelia Designs My biggest challenge was going to law school at 40. At first, I didn't intend to leave Nebraska, just score well enough on the entrance exam for UNL. Instead I scored very well and was offered scholarships at multiple top 10 law schools. That changed everything. It was my last chance to change the trajectory of our lives. A difficult decision had to be made. When I left for Berkeley Law School 7 years ago, I left behind my 2 oldest children, 15 and 17. My ex-husband moved into the house as I moved out and my parents, always close to their grandchildren, picked up the mothering duties. And off I went with my husband and 3 of 5 of my children, ages 2, 4, and 14.
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Law school is challenging if you are young and single. Add in a complicated family life and it's bonkers. During my 1L year my grandfather and aunt died, my husband lost his job, and my 14 year old threatened to commit suicide. Somehow we made it through. My 14 year old returned to Nebraska to be with her older siblings. The rest of us made it through the last 2 years, marriage somewhat intact, with a job offer in hand. I repeatedly told myself that I was doing it for my children, to provide more opportunites.
To this day, I don't know for sure if that was true. I did it for them. I did it for me. I did it to change our lives. Sixteen years ago I was a single mom of 3 on food stamps. Now I am mother to 5 children, wife of 14 years to my husband, and an attorney at a large law firm. Never give up. Never stop dreaming. It's never too late.