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MA Sociology, African-American Activist

I was born and raised mostly in White Plains, with the most memorable experience of my childhood being the 2 years that I spent in my parents native Nigeria. This direct, sustained exposure to Africa at such an impressionable age inspired me to struggle to succeed, not just for myself, but for my people as well, for development with social justice. My long term goal is to practice law, international and activist law, on behalf of women, people of color, and the Third World generally speaking. I am also aware, however, of the vast intellectual foundation that is required for such a lofty goal, and this is why I turn to your graduate program in Sociology, to provide me with the intellectual tools that I will need later on as an activist attorney.

I am a privileged black girl with a progressive attitude who dreams of social change, reconciliation, justice. Thus, XXXX College of Criminal Justice appeared to me a great choice for my undergraduate studies in Political Science in Dec. 2006. I have been moving in stages towards a central goal; after college I attended an ABA approved Paralegal Studies Certificate Program at XXXX College. But I am now intellectually hungry. And I am not attracted to the idea of a job or yet ready for law school. I want to go to law school a more powerful woman with a Master's Degree in Sociology under my belt. My first choice for graduate study is in the Department of Sociology at XXXX College. I want to spend most of my time researching why people do the things that they do all the major theorists--and how to best interpret the effects of behavior, especially for legal purposes, the impact of one's environment on their behavior, social psychology, the sociology of work, gender roles, etc. I am especially interested in doing graduate work in the area of poverty along social class lines, both in America and with respect to developing countries, as well as drug and alcohol abuse. I feel that this Master's in Sociology will give me the intellectual tools to become the kind of attorney that is my dream for the future. I am a cosmopolitan woman with diverse interests. In addition to my native Ibo from Nigeria, I am also able to read and write some French and Spanish. I am very shy about speaking these languages.

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