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I just got my acceptance letter on Monday from UC Hastings. I honestly didn't expect to get in... I'm hesitating mostly because of my situation. I'm a 25 yr. old mom of two young sons (3 and 5 years-old), and have lived in Hawai`i for nearly all of my life. I put myself through college despite unfavorably circumstances, and managed to get through my MPH program with my sons (graduating this May). I've never had any financial support from family, but have been fortunate to have a supportive partner.
I'm flat out scared of all the unknown variables. Relocating, the tremendous COST of attendance, health insurance, having to balance the insane life of a 1L with a family, finding the right districts for schooling, and anticipating the job market. I eventually want to come back to Hawai`i. This is my home. I've always wanted to be intellectually stimulated and challenged by my peers. I'm not saying that Hawai`i hasn't given me that. It has certainly allowed for embarking on my own creative ventures, but I haven't always had the support or the knowledge from peers/mentors in cultivating these innovative ideas.
I am dead-set on public interest law. I'm not 100% familiar with the ins and outs of how to effectively finance and repay these loans. I've heard of some options as far as loan forgiveness plans for those who go into public interest law. I'll definitely have to research this a little more... In the meantime, I would really appreciate members' insight.
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This link here has provided me with some valuable information regarding this, so hopefully it can do the same for you:
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