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When Mission is Your First Priority

How one George Wythe graduate pursued her dreams of law school and received a full-tuition scholarship besides. 

By Eve Hatton

When I decided to apply to George Wythe College, my grandparents expressed concern about my desire to attend an unaccredited college. But knowing the challenges in becoming an honest and upright attorney, I felt strongly that I needed an education that would strengthen my integrity and character, build upon my inner desires to be a woman of greatness and power in accomplishing good, and enhance my love of every human being I meet. The education I received at George Wythe College did that and more; it developed my ability to think and I learned invaluable principles of truth.

Following my heart made my experience at George Wythe College even more unconventional than a George Wythe College education already is. I loved on campus studies, but seldom studied on campus. I wanted to supplement the curriculum with even more field experience than GWC already required. Opportunities to mentor high school students, teach English in China, and guide youth in western Utah, helped me become who I needed to become while at George Wythe College. I felt completeness; that this stage of my education was acceptable to God.

The failure of my senior oral defense thus came as a shock, but also taught me (in a way that is impossible to forget) the necessity of trusting God above all else, and brought a realization that I greatly needed to change a couple of specific weaknesses into strengths.

When I began preparing for the LSAT, I realized that in order to score well I would need to improve my ability to think quickly, especially in the logic section. So, as part of my studies I began taking practice tests. Soon I was able to finish all the sections in the allotted time except for the logic section. I began practicing only the logic sections and pushed myself to complete a new section fifteen to thirty minutes faster. I felt that if I could get a total score of 170, that most law schools would have a very difficult time rejecting my application. I prayed and worked hard hoping to reach my goal, but I didn’t. Instead, I earned a score sufficient for the next step of my mission.

Although I have continually felt impelled to attend law school, I am human and at times my faith has wavered. So when I received a letter from Valparaiso University School of Law, I was so relieved and excited to be accepted that tears blurred my vision as I shouted the news to my family and didn’t realize for a couple more minutes that the exciting news continued. I had also received a full-tuition scholarship that is renewable each year if I keep my grades at a 3.00.

When I began my journey to study law more than 6 years ago, and when I began filling out applications for law schools, I didn’t know how things would work out, if I could get into law school, or how I would ever pay for such an extremely expensive education. I only knew that my soul yearned to fulfill my sacred mission and that in order to do so, I needed to study law. Accomplishing a mission taxes one’s endurance, demands personal growth, and seldom happens how we have planned. In my experience, a quest to do God’s will is worth every heartache, every struggle, and every failure. As I work to complete my personal mission, I find peace, joy, and hope.

Eve Hatton graduated with a bachelors degree in statesmanship from George Wythe College in 2005 and will be entering her first semester of law school at Valparaiso University School of Law in Indiana in the fall of 2007.