Gurlin Babrah

Gurlin Babrah, a first-year UCI political science and philosophy double major, is the recipient of a Social Sciences Education Enhancement Scholarship. The funding will support her travel and stay in Washington, D.C. this coming August where she will be interning with several law firms. Below, the aspiring attorney from Antelope, CA shares what sparked her passion for the law and how she plans to put her education into action to create positive change.

What made you decide to pair your political science major with philosophy and a specialization in law & society? And why at UCI?

I decided to pursue a pre-law journey at the University of California, Irvine after taking three years of speech and debate at my high school. Competing in numerous competitions and presenting speeches that went along with a variety of topics made me passionate about what I want to do in the future. I specifically chose UCI after looking at the various opportunities that I could be offered while pursuing my education. What interests me most about being a pre-law student is my desire to change the world. I truly believe that becoming a lawyer and advocating for the change that I wish to see in the world can and will be something that I accomplish in my lifetime.

When do you plan to finish your degree and what are your plans thereafter?

I’m in my first year and I plan on completing both of my degrees as an undergraduate student at the University of California, Irvine. After graduating, I will be going to law school to become a lawyer.

What would you consider your biggest accomplishment thus far at UCI?

I would consider my biggest accomplishment at UCI so far in my undergraduate journey my fall quarter of my first year because I made it onto the Dean’s Honor List after just one quarter and it felt rewarding.

What activities have you gotten involved with as an Anteater?

At UCI, I am a Pre-Law Society Human Relations Intern, Government Relations Staffer at the ASUCI Office of the External Vice President, and an Antourage Leader. At UCI, I also work as a student housing advisor at the UCI Housing Office and as an usher at the Bren Events Center. Outside of UCI, I am a part of the Amnesty International Sacramento Chapter.

Are you involved in undergraduate research? If not, are you planning to pursue research?

I am not currently involved in undergraduate research at UCI but I hope to get involved in research during my fellowship in Washington D.C in August as well as getting involved on campus in various research opportunities.

Who has played an important mentorship role in your life thus far and why? Specifically at UCI?

Two of the greatest mentors who I’ve had in my life thus far are two of my high school teachers, Mr. Demant and Ms. Shakespeare. These teachers not only helped me in class but in my personal life as well. They have given me so many opportunities to grow and lots of life advice that I still use this day. I am forever grateful to have met such amazing teachers who not only support my academic goals but my personal life as well. At UCI, my seminar professor in Humanities Core, Amanda Malone has played a huge role in my education by helping me improve my writing and critical thinking skills. I can always count on her to be there for me whenever I need help on anything, especially with revising my essays.

Are there any unique life experiences that have played a major role in where and who you are? What challenges or hurdles have you faced in getting to where you are today?

My personal experiences in life have shaped me into who I am. From a young age, I developed the skill of being empathetic. As I grew older, I utilized this skill in my everyday life and I still do so that I can understand people. I have faced many challenges in my life, but it was because of those experiences that made me more resilient. My own personal experiences sparked an interest in the career that I want to pursue so that I can make a difference in the world and help those in need.

Where can you most often be found on campus?

On campus, I can mostly be found in Mesa Court, working in the Housing office or the Bren Events Center, or walking out and about.

What’s your best memory thus far from your undergraduate experience at UCI?

My best memory at UCI so far is the UCI law school mentorship social that the Pre-Law Society had. I enjoyed being able to get to know my board members while also connecting with them as well.

Any other interesting tidbits you would like to share?

Some fun facts about me are: I was born in England, I love to golf and indoor cycle, and I love to listen to music & go out with friends.




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