A letter from Charisse Arce, JD Candidate, '14
I chose to attend Seattle University as an undergraduate in 2003 for one main reason: because I was offered more financial aid than the 6 other universities I was accepted to. Not always the best criteria in making such an important life decision, but coming from a village of 250 people in rural Alaska and weighing the costs of education, it became a decisive factor. The village of Iliamna is tucked away in Southwest Alaska on the shores of the largest freshwater lake in the state. The landscape is expansive, which visitors quickly notice as they arrive in the village by the only means possible: a small airplane. Choosing to leave my secluded sanctuary to pursue a Bachelors degree in Business Administration at Seattle University turned out to be one of the best decisions I've made thus far.
Through every experience I unconsciously carried with me the spirit of Seattle University, which I have come to define as having the ability to see things not for what they are, but what they could be. My work experience, coupled with this Seattle University philosophy, motivated me to consider law school as a way to gain the necessary tools to bring change in a greater and more systemic way. With the support of my tribal council and the Alaska Law and Academic Resource Center scholarships, I am now a proud first year Seattle University Law School student.
On behalf of the thousands of scholarship recipients, I thank you for your generous support, but also in your relentless belief in seeing things not for what they are, but what they could be.
Read more about Charisse here.