Medina and her four-legged companion

In just two days, Erica Medina will be picking up her diploma as she graduates from CU Denver.  She’s completed a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy and a minor in Criminal Justice.

The next chapter for Medina is applying to law school with hopes of becoming either a public defender or a prosecutor. Her overall dream is to help people who are unable to afford legal representation and to get justice for those who have been harmed.

Medina is a first-generation college student from Pueblo, Colo. No one in her immediate family has attended college, and she will be the first to graduate in her extended family, as well.

“I had no idea of what I would be facing in college and I had to find my own way through the whole process,” said Medina, “I didn’t know anyone who had gone to college before I came to CU Denver.”

Medina has applied to law schools across the United States and hopes to hear back from them within the next month. “I have no idea where I will be next year but I am looking forward to it,” Medina added.

Medina credited the Philosophy department for her success saying it was ‘the most amazing department anyone could ask for’.

“I am extremely proud of my time spent at CU Denver and I feel as though coming here was the best decision I could have made,” she said.

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