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From High School to College to Law School — A JMG Alumnus Story

My name is Abdi Abdirahman and I was born in Somalia. By 2001, the region had become incredibly dangerous, with fighting and kidnappings. My family and I fled to Kenya where we stayed in a refugee camp until my father got his visa, and we were able to come to the U.S. as refugees.

Before I enrolled in JMG in high school, I had no real sense of direction. I went to school, played sports, went home to play video games, then back to school again. JMG gave me direction. My JMG Specialist challenged me to think about what I wanted to do after graduation, and what it was going to take to get me there. I put together my very first resume, researched careers, and started making a plan. While I knew I wanted a degree, neither of my parents had had any formal education, let alone college. My JMG Specialist filled that gap and supported me as I went through the application and admissions process.

Fast- forward a few years, and I found myself in my senior year at the University of Southern Maine, entertaining the idea of going on to Law school. I was extremely nervous. Before I knew it, though, my JMG College Specialist introduced me to a JMG board member who introduced me to the Dean of USM’s law school. A few weeks later I found myself sitting at a coffee shop being mentored by two seasoned lawyers – who also happen to be on JMG’s board. Each person helped me feel more confident about my goal. And, here I am today, getting ready to take my Law School Admissions Test. Talk about the JMG effect!

Again, my parents care a great deal about me and my future, but had no idea how to guide me through this process. Without the help of my College Specialist and JMG, I wouldn't have had that informed adult advocating for me, supporting me, and, most important, holding me accountable for my own future.