Catherine Draves

Cornell University | Industrial Labor Relations

Navy | Master-at-Arms

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About Catherine:

Originally from upstate New York, I enlisted in the Navy immediately after graduating from high school in 2009. After spending almost seven years on active duty service, I left to pursue my dream of attending college. I enrolled at SUNY Broome Community College and earned an A.A.S. in Paralegal Studies with high honors while working full-time as a litigation paralegal.

I had initially planned on transferring to Binghamton University. However, I happened to meet someone who attended school at Cornell University and convinced me to apply. At the time, I really didn’t think that applying to an Ivy League School was reasonable or realistic. After much cajoling, I applied to the Cornell University ILR School and William and Mary without any expectations of success. Much to my surprise, I got into every school that I applied to and am currently in the process of applying to law school.

As a first-generation college student, navigating the educational system was challenging because I had no perspective with respect to my actual value or what to expect from college in general. As such, I am committed to helping fellow veterans realize their potential. I continue to serve in the Navy Reserves and have been affiliated with the Navy for a total of 10 years.


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