Meet Your Student Ambassadors - Capital University Law School

Meet Your Student Ambassadors


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     2018 SA Titus   

    Todd Titus


    Hometown: Richmond, IN
    Class Year: Second-Year, Full-Time Day
    Contact: ttitus2@law.capital.edu 

    Advice: Law school is a busy time that will throw many tasks at you. It will also throw many opportunities at you. Properly managing your schedule will help you in the classroom with assignments, and allow you to take advantage of the opportunities Capital offers that sets it apart from other schools. 
     
     2018 SA Schodzinski   

    Laken Schodzinski


    Hometown: Wheeling, WV
    Class Year: Second-Year, Full-Time Day
    Contact: lschodzinaki@law.capital.edu 

    Advice: The best advice I got going into law school was to not take any advice. This not only put my mind at ease as I was receiving a ton of advice from a lot of different people – friends, family, attorneys, law students – it also led me to the realization that I am going to be the single person in charge of my own success, or failure, in law school. I would be the one to pave my own way and prepare for classes, exams, and interviews as I see fit, not those giving advice. With that being said, it's great to listen to those that are experienced and consider their words of wisdom, but the best thing you can do for yourself going into law school is believe in yourself and have faith that you are making the right decisions for YOU and no one else. 
     2018 SA Rogers   

    Derein Rogers


    Hometown: Chicago, IL
    Class Year: Second-Year, Full-Time Day
    Contact: drogers2@law.capital.edu 

    Advice: It is very easy for you to get wrapped up in law school and everything it has to offer. However, do not let law school become your whole life. Keep that one hobby that you love to do. Let it be your temporary get away when you need a break from law school. You’ll need it! 
     2018 SA Hicks    Maria Hicks

    Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
    Class Year: Second-Year, Full-Time Day
    Contact: mhicks3@law.capital.edu 

    Advice: Law school will likely be the hardest academic adventure you will experience. Not because the material itself is hard, but because you will have to learn how to manage your time. You will have hours of reading every night, cases to brief, and outlines to create. But, in the midst of all of your studying (and eventually networking), don't forget to carve out time for yourself and to spend time with your friends and family. The key to success in law school is to maintain a network of friends and family who can help to keep you grounded throughout the chaos. 
     2018 SA Page    Christopher Page

    Hometown: Columbus, OH
    Class Year: Second-Year, Full-Time Day
    Contact: cpage@law.capital.edu 

    Advice: There will be times when you are confused and feel overwhelmed. That just means you’re learning. Embrace it and enjoy it rather than let it bring you down. 
     2018 SA Begin    Christopher Begin

    Hometown: Columbus, OH
    Class Year: Second-Year, Full-Time Day
    Contact: cbegin@law.capital.edu 

    Advice: Law school is demanding. Affirm the support of your friends and family because school will consume a majority of your time. Recognize that every assignment you turn in contributes to your final grade. Therefore, develop and stick to a schedule, take each assignment seriously, learn from the assigned tasks, and engage your professors to confirm your understanding. Through all that, don't forget to set aside time to de-pressurize. 
     2018 SA Gregori    Grace Gregori

    Hometown: Columbus, OH
    Class Year: Second-Year, Full-Time Day
    Contact: sgregori@law.capital.edu 

    Advice: Reach out into the community! Most of you have a background of high academic achievement, which is fantastic!  But, law school is a different monster than what most are expecting from an academic standpoint. As law students, we must embrace the concept that we are now academically competing with the best of the best. We must remember to work hard for those grades, but also pursue employment and internship opportunities. Reaching out to fellow students and established attorneys will benefit you more than you might think. Create a network of friends, colleagues, and potential employers while in law school. They will be your support system after graduation when you enter the world as an attorney. Connections will be just as beneficial as good grades.  
     2018 SA Webb   

    Emily Webb 

    Hometown: Dublin, OH
    Class Year: Second-Year, Full-Time Day
    Contact: ewebb@law.capital.edu 

    Advice: Stay organized. Keep a planner or whatever works best for you so you can stay up to date on assignments and outlines. However, take some time out to do the things you enjoy and to see your friends and family otherwise you will go crazy!

     

     
     2018 SA Stewart   

    Ryan Stewart

    Hometown: Greensboro, NC
    Class Year: Second-Year, Full-Time Day
    Contact: rstewart2@law.capital.edu 

    Advice: Balance is everything. Law school is a lot of pressure, but that doesn't mean you have to trade in your personal life. Get organized from the start so that you figure out what works best for you and you'll find that the time you spend with family and friends is that much more rewarding. 
     2018 SA Runkel    Robyn Runkel

    Hometown:  Steubenville, OH
    Class Year: Second-Year, Full-Time Day (3+3)
    Contact: rrunkel@capital.edu 

    Advice: Law school is hard, but make it easier on yourself and go to class. Keep up with your readings and pay attention to your professor and fellow students’ questions - no matter how tired you are!  
     2018 SA Schaab    Hank Schaab

    Hometown: Columbus, OH
    Class Year: Third-Year, Full-Time Day
    Contact: cschaab@law.capital.edu 

    Advice: Understand that law school is a grind, and you need to put in the time necessary to succeed, but also reserve time to have fun and do things for yourself. Understand who you are as a student, and tailor what you need to do to study and go through with it. It's stressful at times, but know that plenty of people have gone through it as well, and you can too. 
    2017SA Sara   

    Sara Barrett


    Hometown: Tucson, Arizona
    Class Year: Third-Year, Full-Time Day
    Contact: sbarrett@law.capital.edu

    Advice: All incoming students should find a mentor and always ask as many questions as they have. Every question is valid and likely being asked by many students. Not every student works the same and it is likely what works for you will not work for your peers so don't believe you have to study one specific way or that your way is wrong. 
    2017SA Katie   

    Katie Goins


    Hometown: Lucasville, OH
    Class Year: Third-Year, Full-Time Day
    Contact: kgoins908@law.capital.edu

    Advice: Get organized right from the start. Have your reading done with time to spare, take time to outline as you go, and recap the week. Yes, I know this isn't always possible, but allowing yourself to fall behind can lead to a vicious cycle. And at the same time, give yourself some slack here and there, this stuff is hard! 
    2017SA Kimberlyn    Kimberlyn Seccuro

    Hometown: Cocoa Beach, FL
    Class Year: Third-Year, Full-Time Day
    Contact: kseccuro@law.capital.edu

    Advice: Never let the stressors of law school interfere with your personal life.Yes, there will be times when you have to sacrifice going to hangout with family and friends but you cannot forgo your life and sanity every day. Go to the football game. Go shopping. Go to the movies. Get drinks on Friday nights with your closest friends. Don't think your life will have to pause just because you're in law school. Find the balance. 
    2017SA Scott    Scott Sugarman

    Hometown: Bexley, OH
    Class Year: Third-Year, Full-Time Day
    Contact: ssugarman@law.capital.edu

    Advice: Find a way to balance school with your personal life, learn to enjoy life while dealing with school, it makes it that much more rewarding. 
    2017SA Avery    Avery Young

    Hometown: Cary, NC
    Class Year: Third-Year, Full-Time Day
    Contact: ayoung3@law.capital.edu

    Advice: Ask questions! 
    2017SA Jilian    Jilian Weithman

    Hometown: Urbana, OH
    Class Year: Third-Year, Full-Time Day
    Contact: jweithman@law.capital.edu

    Advice: My best piece of advice for a prospective student is to take law school seriously and put in the work, but ensure that you are still doing activities and hobbies that allow you to relax and de-stress. 
     2018 SA Deering    Patrick Deering

    Hometown: Cleveland, OH
    Class Year: Second-Year, Part-Time Evening
    Contact: pdeering@law.capital.edu 

    Advice: Make friends. When it comes time to study for finals, you'll be thankful that you have people you can rely on academically and emotionally.  Everyone freaks out about the grade scale in the beginning, but as long as you put in the time and the work, you'll be fine. Don't let your drive for a grade ruin relationships with potential future colleagues. Be competitive with yourself, not your peers - 'The Paper Chase' wasn't even a good movie. 
     2018 SA Wells 

     
    Vincent Wells

    Hometown: Lexington, OH
    Class Year: Second-Year, Part-Time Evening
    Contact: vwells@law.capital.edu 

    Advice: As a night student, the best advice I can give is to support your classmates. Everyone is tired and working extremely hard. A positive classroom environment with a strong peer support system has been essential to my success at Capital. Just stay focused and be nice to people and everything else will fall in place. 
     2018 SA Smith    Tanya Smith

    Hometown: Carroll, OH
    Class Year: Third-Year, Part-Time Evening
    Contact: tsmith1644@capital.edu 

    Advice: My best advice is to find the balance. We tend to put a lot of pressure on ourselves, so do your best to pick up some sort of exercise routine – even if that means carving out five minutes a day for a 30 day push up or squat challenge. You will be surprised at how effective it is for relieving stress. The second thing is as simple as “don’t sweat the small stuff.” Law school is stressful enough, don’t worry about whether the floors were swept this week.  
     2018 SA Mayfield    Emily Mayfield

    Hometown: Massillon, OH
    Class Year: Third-Year, Part-Time Evening
    Contact: emayfield@law.capital.edu 

    Advice: Don't be afraid to not know the answer. You need to wrestle with the material, ask questions, and listen during discussions. Nothing worth anything is easy.

     
    2017SA Anna    Anna Mason

    Hometown: Logan, OH
    Class Year: Third-Year, Part-Time Evening
    Contact: amason2@law.capital.edu

    Advice: Law school is like eating an elephant - you gotta take it "one bite at a time!" Don't let it overwhelm you. Keep up with your outlines, meet with your professors, and do the practice essays and you'll be fine. 
     2017SA Nickole    Nickole Iula

    Hometown: Independence, OH
    Class Year: Fourth-Year, Part-Time Evening
    Contact: niula@law.capital.edu

    Advice: Stay ahead of your assignments and never be afraid to ask professors questions. They won't always give you a straight answer but they may guide you towards the right one. 
         
     2017SA Rodgers    Cynthia Rodgers

    Hometown: Akron, OH
    Class Year: Fourth-Year, Part-Time Evening
    Contact: crodgers@law.capital.edu

    Advice: If you are working full-time and have always wanted to go to law school, join us in the evening program. If you've been out of school awhile you could begin with the paralegal program to gain confidence. It worked for me! 
     2018 SA Brown S   

    Sarah Brown


    Hometown: Youngstown, OH
    Class Year: Second-Year, Full-Time Day
    Contact: skbrown105@gmail.com


    Advice: Be intentional about finding people to study and hang out with. For that small group of people, try your best to see them as part of a team that you have joined and not as your competition. Be quick to help them, give them an advantage, and to encourage them. It makes you feel good, you will get to actually enjoy law school, and you will have lifelong friendships.
        

    Sarina Glick


    Hometown: Marysville, OH
    Class Year: Third-Year, Full-Time Day
    Contact: sglick@law.capital.edu

    Advice: Don't be afraid to reach out and talk to professors, upperclassmen, and attorneys in the community. More often than not, these people will be thrilled to set aside time for you, answer questions, and give you advice. Remember that they were once in your shoes, and you can learn a lot of things from them that you would never learn in a classroom. 
       

    Kyle Serrott


    Hometown: Worthington, OH
    Class Year: Third-Year, Full-Time Day
    Contact: kserrott@law.capital.edu

    Advice: Respectfully challenge everything. This includes concepts, ideas, and doctrine learned and discussed in the classroom. Your professors will respect you for it, and you and your classmates will be better informed for doing so. Speak up, ask questions and debate the professor and your fellow classmates. It may seem awkward at first, but it is the single best practice that I learned in law school and have successfully used in clinical and professional environments.