Since I was a little girl I always told my parents that I was going to grow up and become an attorney. I also thought that I could be a school teacher and deliver pizza at the same time. As children, we always have aspirations for when we grow up. As we progress through the years we change our perspective of what growing up means. I have gone to college, graduated from law school, was a first-time bar passer, and currently hold my first “adult” job; yet I still find myself thinking “What will I do when I grow up?” I think that we all reflect on this daily and the little steps we take along the way are what mold us into the person we are and the dreams we have for our life.
My name is Megan Schade and I am an admissions counselor here at Florida Coastal School of Law. I moved to Florida almost five years ago when I started my journey in law school. I grew up in Youngstown, Ohio and attended Miami University for my undergraduate degree. I majored in Business Management and Organization in hopes of opening my own law firm or owning my own business someday. For me deciding what to do before law school was a struggle. I knew I wanted to get a law degree and help others, but I needed a foundation in order to achieve that dream. Miami University was a great experience for me and provided me with the knowledge, understanding, hard-work ethic, and passion to be successful in law school. It was the time that I became independent, confident, and began focusing on what I wanted to do and how I was going to accomplish those goals for myself.
I moved to Jacksonville, Florida to attend Coastal Law because they provided me with the opportunity in pursue my dream. We all have struggles along the way, but it’s our passion, perseverance, and determination that make us the best that we can be. I was excited for this new adventure, yet nervous for what I had just signed up for. Law school was going to be hard, it was going to be a challenge and I was going to have to think in a way that I had never done so before. I was also in a new city where I knew no one, but had to adapt quickly so that it would not impact my studies.
My three years at Coastal Law were filled with happiness, joy, tears, determination, hard-work, setbacks, but most importantly a new family and a place to call home. The environment on our campus is second to none. From the administrators, to the faculty, to our staff, students and alumni we are there to support each other every step of the way. While some days are harder than others you have the support system needed to achieve your dream.
I hope that you decide to learn more about Coastal Law and think about joining our family. It will be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.
Like I said, I feel like I am still growing up and learning new things every day and contemplate “What will do when I grow up?” I am now an attorney as I told my parents I would become when I was younger, but I am so much more than that. I have become a person who stands up for others and works with others to achieve their dream. I would not be an admissions counselor if that did not become a part of who I am.
I hope this allows you to see that we can all reach our dreams, but the end might not be what we first thought. Be open to new ideas, new opportunities, challenges and setbacks; because they make you who you are and teach you how to grow and achieve what you have set for yourself.
I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about me and I would be happy to learn more about you and discuss the opportunity to become a part of the Coastal Law family.