Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

My Beloved World

Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

My Beloved World

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My Beloved World by Sonia Sotoiuayor, Audio CD read by Rita Moreno Random House Audio, 2013. ISBN: 978-0307913104

There are so many clichés that people use to describe extraordinary people. They are "self-made," they have lived a ''Cinderella story," they have "pulled themselves up by their bootstraps" - all of these terms can be misused, but not in the instance of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. We have all heard the basics of her life story. She is a product of the tenements and projects of New York City who overcame great obstacles to graduate summa cum laude from Princeton in 1976 and from Yale Law; School in 1979- She worked as an assistant district attorney in New York and then at the law firm of Pam & Harcourt. From 1992 to 1998, she served as a judge of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; and from 1998 to 2009, on the United Stales Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In May 2009, President Barack Obama nominated her as an associate justice of the Supreme Court; she assumed this role on Aug. 8, 2009. This book gives greater insight into die "great obstacles" she did overcome.

The story she tells is especially impactful because, as the first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. Her fife from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench is a journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself. …

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