Where are you now?
I am in the process of finishing my last semester of college at Youngstown State University, and I will be attending medical school in the fall of 2014.
How, if at all, did the Empire help you get there?
Although I wasn’t planning on going into the field of law, Empire and mock trial overall helped me to build my professionalism and taught me various skills that I will need for my future as a physician. I learned how to synthesize and summarize complex theories and how to communicate effectively, all the while building relationships with my peers and mentors along the way.
What’s your favorite Empire moment?
My favorite Empire moment (or moments, rather) was during the opening ceremony in 2011. It was my second time coming to Empire with my team and a lot of students from other teams that I had met the previous year were also returning to the competition. I was not only looking forward to seeing some familiar faces, but meeting all of the new ones. In my state competition, it’s very much more competition between the teams than it is the camaraderie that you can see between the teams at Empire. Being in that atmosphere abuzz with excitement for the oncoming rounds and all the people … to meet made the opening ceremony in 2011 my favorite Empire moment.
How would you describe the Empire to someone that has never been?
Empire is the experience of a lifetime. It has all the challenges and intensity of mock trial, mashed with all the fun that normally only goes on behind the scenes. My mock trial team is my family, and being at Empire felt like being at a giant family reunion, where I was meeting relatives I’d never met before but somehow still connected so strongly with. If you get the chance to go, take it, because you’ll leave with some of the best memories of your high school career.