Hometown: San Diego
Fun Fact About Yourself: I love all things Disney! I am now a JD Ambassador with S2S, and I’m so thankful to have the opportunity to pay it forward! I’m so appreciative of what S2S does that I convinced my husband, a fellow Navy veteran, to become an Ambassador as well :).
What did you do in the military: Industrial Hygiene Officer (aka OSHA, medical, environmental safety); and lots of collaterals
What was your proudest accomplishment in the military? Earning my OOD Underway qual while stationed on an aircraft carrier and earning the respect of those I supervised.
School and Anticipated graduation year: University of St. Thomas School of Law, 2022
Why did you decide to pursue law school? I wanted a career change and a legal career can provide an avenue for helping veterans.
What are your goals post-graduation? Pass the bar!
What are you most excited about in regards to starting school? What’s your favorite part about the school you chose to matriculate at? I’m currently a 2L, so I’m glad 1L year is done :). I’m excited to start looking for jobs and officially enter the legal profession. I enjoy the small community at St. Thomas.
How has the transition been from the military to civilian life? Challenging! Re-learning how to speak with much less “sirs” “ma’ams” and swearing has been hard. It is also a challenge going from a steady income to being a student with limited means. Despite officially transitioning over a year ago, I’m not sure I will ever fully transition.
What was the biggest benefit to using Service to School throughout the application process? My mentor taught me how to “de-militarize” my resume and translate the amazing skills we learn in the military into something civilians will understand.
Kristen’s advice for veterans who are applying to law school:
You are way more marketable to civilians than you think! I thought 7 years in the military would not matter to employers in the legal world, but it really does. The leadership, management, and general life experience we have is a huge advantage – don’t forget that.