My name is Grace Lalia Camacho and I’m going to be a paralegal. I graduated college in May 2018 with my Bachelor’s of Science in Writing and Contemporary Thought. After graduating I began a job as a staffing specialist. I excelled at work and was asked to take over more responsibilities and have a bigger role in the office. While this is wonderful, I felt restless. I wasn’t utilizing my degree. I wanted a change. I began to apply for publishing houses and newspapers.
I either got rejected or didn’t hear back. I grew discouraged. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do. Then I found Boston University’s Online Paralegal Certification. I always had an interest in the legal field. My cousin is a paralegal. We’ve always been close and had similar interests. When I discussed this with her she told me to go for it if I thought it was something I’d want to do. So, I decided to enroll in the program in May 2019.
The cost of enrollment was $3,995. I was able to pay for it via PayPal credit. Due to being a new credit customer, I got a slight discount. $3,975 was placed on credit. June 2019 ended up including some unexpected financial hardships. My spouse lost his job. My roommate moved out to pursue better financial opportunities. My mother has a chronic illness which flared up badly and I needed to help her financially because of it.
I’ve made some payments toward the balance. Currently it is sitting at $3,741. I have an A in the course and am halfway through my studies. I hope to use my certification to work for a firm that helps others in some form. I’m specifically looking at immigration positions as well as firms that help disadvantaged people. Paying off the tuition cost sooner will allow me to be able to better focus on getting a job in a law firm and excel at work.