This lovely, talented and inspiring young woman has an awesome story to share. Meet Carmen Day! Her testimony is one of resilience, perseverance and overcoming adversity to become the best version of ourselves.
Her journey from a teen who’s been in trouble with the law to pursuing law as a profession, has aptly been coinedfrom JD to J.D.”!
Indeed, Carmen’s story stood out to me as I fell on the extraordinary headline:

Twelve years later, a judge meets the teenager who once appeared before him in court

What an inspiring and uplifting turn of events!

We can all learn something from someone who overcame their past by not letting circumstances determine their future; but instead, made the most of it all by choosing to pursue education, excellence and integrity.
It was truly a pleasure to interview the beautiful Carmen who is as passionate about her career goals as she is friendly and encouraging. Her love for young people and providing guidance shines through her online presence and most notably, her mentoring platform ‘Take a Chance‘.
She is a perfect role model for our “empowering career” series and everything a Lovely Icon is about!
Hello Carmen! Please present yourself and share a bit about who you are.
All smiles: the Journey To greatness start with one step

Hi, my name is Carmen Day. I’m a wife, mother, business owner, and second-year law student. I currently attend Rutgers Law School, located in my hometown of Camden, New Jersey, where I am active in the Law School community. I am the CEO and Founder of SheSoWavy Hair Company, an online hair extension service that has serviced clients across the United States and internationally. I am a Certified Legal Intern in the Children’s Justice Clinic where I represent youth that have been arrested. As someone who experienced the criminal justice system at a young age, I am passionate about the law and have a strong interest in juvenile justice reform. Despite facing early adversity, I have remained dedicated to my goal of becoming an attorney and am deeply committed to mentoring inner-city youth. For many years, I served as a volunteer Senior Mentor and now Board Member for the I Dare to Care Association, a non-profit organization that provides mentoring and resources to girls in Camden, NJ. I am also committed to mentoring youth interested in the field of law and am currently building my own legal mentoring program aimed at increasing diversity in the legal field. Recently, I have toured different schools in New Jersey to share how I transitioned from juvenile defendant to almost lawyer. I like to say that I went from JD to J.D.–juvenile delinquent to Juris Doctor. Among other awards and recognitions, I recently received a Proclamation from the Camden County Board of Freeholders in my state. 

What inspired you to pursue a career in law of and how did you begin your journey?
For the law: pictured at Rutgers Law School

My mother inspired me to pursue a career in law. She always wanted to be a lawyer, but never had the chance. My goal is to achieve that dream for her. I began my journey to law school by earning an Associate’s Degree from a local community college. From there, I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and another in Criminal Justice. While preparing to take the LSAT, I interned at an employment and civil rights law firm. Then, I entered law school the following year.

As a soon-to-be lawyer who was recently in the media for your inspiring journey, what was one of the most empowering experiences you’ve had so far?
I felt most empowered by the countless number of people across the country and internationally who were inspired by my story. I’ve received thousands of messages and comments from people who now feel encouraged to keep fighting for their own dreams. Knowing that so many people were positively affected by my story makes sharing a deeply personal matter all worthwhile.

The law field and studies can be quite daunting and competitive, can you share some challenges that you’ve faced and how do you stay grounded?

My biggest challenge has been juggling law school and family life.  I have been able to stay afloat by prioritizing things that absolutely cannot wait, as opposed to trying to accomplish everything all at the same time. Law school is hard and competitive, but I have learned to only compete with the older version of myself. I prefer expending my energy on improving myself, rather than comparing myself to others who have not walked in my shoes. Everyone has their own journey, and I do what’s best for my situation-even if no one else can understand or relate. As challenging as this journey has been, I stay grounded by keeping my eye on the prize; I will become a lawyer. PERIOD.

What words of advice or encouragement would you have for other young people who may feel like giving up on themselves or have trouble finding their life’s purpose? 

Every person encounters obstacles at some point in their life, but what really matters is how you bounce back from them. If I can do it, anyone can. I live by the motto: “You are not what happened to you. You are who you choose to become.”

Student Life: Aiming for excellence at Rutger Law School
Thank you for sharing those encouraging words! What’s next on your “Journey to lovely” (your future goals and aspirations)?
Honored: a happy recipient of the “Proclamation for overcoming one’s circumstances to achieve greatness” from Camden County Board of Freeholders.

Ultimately, I want to open my own general practice law firm one day. For now, I am focused on graduating and preparing for next year’s Bar Exam.

That’s awesome, truly wish you the best! Where can we keep up with you online?

I wish each of you the best of luck on your own “Journey to Lovely.”
You can follow me at the following:
Instagram: @carmenday.esq
@shesowavyhaircompany
@takeachanceinc
@takeachanceonlaw
Facebook: Carmen Day
Business IG: @shesowavyhaircompany

Thanks so much for reading this interview, stay tuned for our upcoming ones!

Xo,

C

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