Tuesday, 15 January 2019 22:06

Husson student puts herself through college, gets into law schools Featured

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BANGOR - It may be winter break, but Husson University senior Hannah Holte is hard at work with her Bangor internship and getting into five law schools.


Holte, who went to high school in Rockport, is the first in her family to go to college. And she's doing it without financial assistance from her family.


"Don't be afraid to reach out to your teachers, your professors, your guidance counselors, because ultimately they want you to succeed just as much as you want yourself to succeed," said Holte.


She's studying criminal justice, and said she's drawn to immigration and family law, and helping those who can't afford an attorney.


According to Holte, her interest in law is new. It came from seeing lawyers camp out in airports, offering legal advice to people whose immigration status changed due to federal policy.


"Seeing these lawyers just drop whatever they were doing to go to an airport to help people they didn't even know, that impact that one person could have on entire groups of people, entire families," said Holte, "that's something I wanted to be a part of."


Her determination has inspired others in her family. She thanks her mother for her support and said her mom has gotten her GED and is now pursuing higher ed herself.


"She actually had to drop out of high school to support her family," said Holte. "She's really interested in phlebotomy so she's been in contact with some colleges in the area."


Ultimately, Holte thanks her family, her Penquis Law Project coworkers, and Husson's staff for their help. And for being just as excited as she was when she got that first law school acceptance letter. She said she received in an email while walking from one class to another.


"I immediately ran to my advisor's office and shared the news with her and she was so excited that she took me around to my other professors," said Holte.


One of those acceptances includes a full scholarship.

Kelly Mitchell

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Kelly Mitchell joined the news team in March of 2018. She grew up splitting her time between York, ME and Haverhill, MA, but her favorite childhood memories took place along the rocky coast of southern Maine. She's now e...