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Onica Matsika

Onica Matsika

SPIA: May 2012

First Year Law Student at Indiana University Maurer School of Law

I knew I wanted to be a lawyer ever since I was in middle school. I have always been attracted to writing and debate, so a legal career is a wonderful way to combine my natural interests with service. As a political science major in the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA), I had an outstanding academic experience led by professors who are leading researchers in their fields. Opportunities offered through SPIA, such as the Carl Vinson Institute of Government Fellows Program, allowed me to do hands on research and apply classroom knowledge to real political situations. Further, my involvement with Georgia Political Review, Demosthenian Literary Society, and Young Democrats of UGA enabled me to grow academically, professionally, and socially. My undergraduate experience exposed me to a world of inquiry that sharpened my critical lens and set the foundation of my career. The skills I have developed in research, persuasive writing, and public speaking are the same ones essential for success as I continue my education. Although I am currently a Hoosier law student, I will always be a proud Dawg. I am very thankful that I had the privilege to attend UGA.

If I had to share any advice to current students who are hoping to pursue law school, it would be to follow your gut. I remember being bombarded with statistics about the high cost of a legal education and the low employment rates for recent graduates when I was applying to law school. Deciding to pursue your dreams should not be based on your chances of facing adversity. Law school is difficult and the job market is tough, but if it is your dream to become a lawyer, become one.