“Hi, I’m Tamia Hackworth. I am a recent graduate of the University of Albany. I graduated in May. I graduated with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and a minor in English. I just graduated Magna Cum Laude and I am really excited to start my journey to law school; I am studying for the LSAT right now so I can take it in November.”
When were you awarded the Raymond “Hap” Harrison Scholarship?
“I was awarded the Raymond “Hap” Harrison Scholarship in 2017, my senior year of high school. I was super excited to get that scholarship. Because of the scholarship, I was able to go to school for free and I do not have any student loans because of it, so, it was a blessing.”
When did you start your internship?
“I started interning at Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. in the fall of 2016, my junior year of high school and I stayed until the Summer of 2017. For almost a year, I was an intern here.”
What did you learn at Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C.?
“During my internship with Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C., I was doing everything. I was here while we were at the Wall Street office. I was working in the marketing department doing Search Engine Optimization, trying to get the website up and running. I was helping the paralegals, compiling documents, filing paperwork and had my hands in everything. I was also working directly with attorneys helping them with any kind of filing or any other duties that they needed help with.”
Where did you grow up and where did you attend school?
“I grew up in the Bronx. I went to school at Frederick Douglass Academy in Harlem.”
What was your major?
“In college, I stuck with my major for all four years. It was so funny seeing everyone switch their major. When people come in as business majors, they are not business majors by the time they graduate. I was taking classes like accounting, which I know I am not going to be an accountant. I was also taking finance classes and I really got to home in on my calculation skills, even though math was not something I was interested in. I was interested in finance. I want to integrate finance and law because at Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. is where I decided I want to be an attorney. Hopefully, I can find a way to integrate finance and law together. It was great having the Raymond “Hap” Harrison Scholarship because I did not have to work a job so I could really focus on school and extracurricular activities so I could make connections in school.”
Did you feel prepared entering college?
“Yes. When I got the scholarship, I felt super prepared and going through college, I felt super prepared. Adam has been a mentor since I stepped foot, first day, here in September of 2016. I am just really grateful for the opportunity to come back and talk about how it was.”
What was the hardest aspect of college?
“The hardest part of college to me was balancing my time. When you get to college, there is no schedule for you. You have to make that schedule yourself. There is nobody that is going to get you up in the morning and tell you that you have to go to class. You really have to become independent. I think that is the toughest part, but also the best part of college. It prepares you for the real world. It is a buffer between adolescent teen and adulthood. You need an environment where everyone is figuring themselves out together.”
What was the most rewarding aspect of college?
“The most rewarding part of college was the connections I made with friends, professors and even professional connections. It is super important to have people in your life who can help you succeed and want the best for you.”
What are your plans for post-graduation?
“Right now, I am studying for my LSAT in November so that I can start law school in the Fall of 2022.”
Did you have prior experience at a law firm before?
“Prior to this internship, I did not know much about law. I knew about law from T.V. shows and movies. There are no lawyers or financial professionals in my family. Being in this setting, especially at such a young age, it really introduced me to the professional and corporate world. I knew that was something I wanted to be a part of.”
How did you find out about the scholarship?
“I first heard about the Raymond “Hap” Harrison scholarship because Adam brought it up. I was talking about school – it was my junior year and that was when I was studying for the SAT and applying to colleges. Adam told me that there was a scholarship that could help me with my dreams. I needed to find out how to get that.”
How did you meet Adam?
“I got this internship through a program in high school called Futures and Options. This program was a professional enrichment program located on Wall Street in the same building as Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. They had a connection to Adam, and I told them my interests. They shared the internship with me and told me I would really like it. When I started, I wanted to stay.”
What were the best aspects of working here?
“I think the best aspects of working here were the people. Everyone made it a welcoming environment and I liked the unpredictability of the day. Sometimes when you get into a routine, it gets a little boring. Working here, there is always something that pops up that you have to do. There is always something that might veer you off your course. It taught me to adapt. I really liked the unpredictability.”
How did you find out you received the scholarship?
“I came in one day and Adam said congratulations, you have the Raymond “Hap” Harrison scholarship. I was just so happy. That was the first step where I thought I could be successful in college. If I can get this, I am going in the right track.”
How has this scholarship impacted your life?
“This scholarship has impacted me in so many ways. I do not have any student loans. This scholarship was substantial, and I went to a state school. I did not have to work a job, so I was able to focus on my academics.”
What advice would you give to the most recent scholarship winner?
“The advice I would give to the most recent scholarship winner is leverage your connections and always stay in contact with the people who want to see you succeed. Always do your best. Your best may not look the same every day, but if you can try to do your best, do your best.”
How has your internship at Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. helped you?
“My internship at Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. has helped me learn how to network. It has helped my resume writing skills; it has helped my email writing skills. I feel that this has helped my writing skills. I have learned how to speak and dress professionally. Starting an internship at 17, it really helped.”
What was your favorite memory at Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C.?
“My favorite memory was my birthday. I came in and Adam got a cake. Everyone came to the breakroom and we ate cake. It really made me feel like I was valued even though I was in high school.”
If you could say anything to Adam Leitman Bailey, what would you say?
“If I could say anything to Adam Leitman Bailey, I would say you have taught me to always be myself because you are always yourself. That is inspiring to me. I thank you for your mentorship and will continue to stay in contact.”
What did you know about the scholarship prior to receiving it?
“When I first got the scholarship, that is when I learned of Raymond “Hap” Harrison. Adam had Raymond in his life and Raymond helped him, pushed, and motivated him. Adam named this scholarship after Raymond. That inspires me to want to give back in Adam’s name because he has done that for me.”
Any closing comments?
“I am just really grateful to work at Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. and to experience Adam as a person.”