Background: I’ve of course been a fan of Sotomayor since she became the first Latina Supreme Court Justice, but I felt like I knew very little about her background. When I interned at the New York City Campaign Finance Board during college, I saw photos of her in the office and found out that she was a former lawyer and board member for the awesome org and that was about all I knew. It was such a joy to read her life story, her reflections on how she was able to achieve success despite socioeconomic barriers (and importantly why others are not able to overcome said barriers), and her thoughts on the law.
“I was 15 years old when I realized how things break down: people can’t imagine someone else’s point of view.”
“To say Titi Aurora was frugal would be an understatement. The very idea of eating out in a restaurant, of spending a dollar for eggs and toast, was deeply upsetting to her.”
“So much is communicated in tone of voice, in subtleties of expression, and in body language. I notice when people hesitate or get defensive, when they care more about what they’re saying than they’ll admit, or when they’re too quick about brushing something off.”
“I didn’t begin to understand the power of Ivy names until I saw the reaction of people when they learned I was headed to Princeton. Other kids had gotten into college too. I had certainly expected to. Was Princeton really so special?”
“The collegiate fairy tale in my mind was becoming something more akin to science fiction. I was finding that many of my classmates seemed to come from another planet and that that impression was reciprocated.”
“When I arrived at Princeton, I had no idea how circumscribed my life had been, confined to a community that was essentially a village in the shadow of a great metropolis with so much to offer, of which I’d tasted almost nothing. I honestly felt no envy or resentment, only astonishment at how much of a world there was out there and how much of it others already knew.”