our region, for four years; and Notre Dame’s Seminary next- door, for only one year. I was supposed to spend ten more years at different seminaries until being consecrated as a priest. At Notre Dame, my su- periors decided that I needed to spend the next two years with my family and to reflect on my priest vocation. The next school year, I was with my family, and the idea of be- coming a priest was always in my mind until I was upset by a new idea: becoming a lawyer. if the belligerents agree to dis- cuss it, rather than just quarrel. And the best way to resolve it is to be confident and optimis- tic without being arrogant.” In brief, he was a lawyer. I was fascinated by him; I wanted to be a lawyer like him, even though becoming a priest was still my first choice. But, as time passed, I got more con- fused: the idea of becoming a lawyer started to take root. De- spite my new idea, I wondered, “How could I ever abandon my priest’s vocation?” But the more time I spent with Mama- During those two years at dou Lamine (my coach), the home, I continued to play soc- more the idea of becom- cer on our village team during ing a lawyer grew on me. vacations, and things started to change. We had a new coach, a I was stuck on the horns of a son of the village who used to dilemma: choosing between a come back to spend time with priest’s profession or a law- us during the vacations. He yer’s profession. Both of them was an eloquent and persua- corresponded to my ambition, sive person, always calm and which has always been to optimistic. He never gave his combat injustice and defend position in a disagreement be- its victims. Before the end of fore hearing different versions. my last year with my fami- He used to tell us, “Any kind of ly, I made the decision with- problem can have its solution out consulting anybody that 35 would determine my future. After earning my college de- gree, I decided not go to back to seminary, but rather to at- tend Dakar’s Cheikh Anta Diop University and study law in 2006 so that I could become a lawyer. I was accepted by the law department in private law, which was my choice. I had to repeat my first and second years, but I didn’t give up. My choice was already made, and it was based on the fact that the rule of law is superior to any other rule in society, whether religious, moral, or customary. So, it would be beneficial to use the law, combined with the other rules of society, to reach my ambition. In 2010-2011, I got my bach- elor’s degree in Criminal Law and my Master of Environ- mental Law in 2012-2013. In July 2016, I flew to the Unit- ed States after working as a trainee at the Ministry of En- vironment in Legal Affairs. Speaking more than one in- ternational language, as well as five African languages, and then learning about other judi- cial systems has pushed me to leave my Senegal and my be- loved natal village, Kagguitte, for the United States. Today, I’m planning to attend Univer- sity of the District of Colum- bia School of Law, starting in August, 2019, and take the DC Bar Exam after getting my J.D. in American criminal law.