Quality Education in the Benedictine Tradition
After graduation, my next major step is law school. Starting this fall, I will be attending the
Penn State University Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Until the semester starts on August 18, I
will continue working as a legal assistant at my family’s law firm, Carroll Law
Offices, in Somerset, Pennsylvania and continue working as a church service
pianist and organist at Grace Lutheran Church in Stoystown, Pennsylvania and
Trinity Lutheran Church in Hooversville, Pennsylvania. In the long-term, I obviously hope to
graduate from law school and pursue a successful career in the legal
profession, meaning that wherever I end up practicing law and whatever type of
law I end up practicing, I genuinely, honestly, and ethically help my clients
to the best of my abilities.
I am exceedingly confident that my English major was instrumental in my
success up to this point and will be invaluable to all of my future achievements.
My English coursework has taught me to think deeply and write concretely.
Specifically, the methodology of two classes which
form the backbone for literary analysis, Literary Criticism I and II, mirror
the common pedagogical method used in the study of law of learning the origins
and theory of law and the more practical application of the modern
manifestations of that history and development.
Beyond teaching the history and progression of literary criticism, these
classes required me to write essays and term papers which demanded mastery of
both the theoretical underpinnings of a given method of literary criticism and
the specific application of that method to a text. The formation of well-written arguments, analyses,
and the application of intricate, historically developing methodologies in
relation to complex, lengthy texts will help to prepare me for the similar task
presented in the law of examining complex fact patterns and legal principles
with the goal of constructing a meaningful argument to further my client’s
In particular, in my
40-page Senior Thesis, I canvas a large body of scholarship on Ernest Hemingway
in order to contribute to the current understandings of Modern masculinity and
religious symbology. This cumulative project of the English major allowed me to
refine and enact the innumerable lessons I learned about writing, reading, and
thinking in my earlier coursework.
The skills I developed
as an English major and relationships I formed with faculty were vital to my
success on the LSAT, my non-English courses, my job as a legal assistant, and
my acceptance at ten top-tier law school—seven of which offered me full tuition
Yet, likely even more
valuable than these tangible benefits of my English major, the faculty and
other students of the English department have drastically expanded my awareness
of and appreciation for literature, movies, music, visual art, politics,
religion, the usage of medieval weaponry in class, Klingon Shakespeare, beagles,
babies, and baseball. I find that my
everyday appreciation for the world around me has been legitimately and, often,
oddly improved by my English major. Beyond
developing a nearly irresistible desire to correct grammar and style errors in
advertisements, newspapers, and Facebook posts, my English major experience has
helped to foster my general curiosity and thirst for knowledge which I consider
essential to being a lifelong learner and allows me to more fully appreciate
references and allusions to various cultural and artistic works made in daily
conversations, TV shows, movies, and books. The value of the relationships I
have formed with the remarkable, quirky, and compassionate faculty and students
of the English department cannot be overstated.
Overall, my English
major has sharpened my ability to read, write, work, and think—skills that lay
the foundation for success in practically all walks of life, whether it be law,
teaching, business, music, poetry, or parenting.