I love about SMC teachers is that they’re enthusiastic. They
really love what they teach.”
old and a host of relatives were raising a ruckus in the background,
so Myshanda Upton ran to a more “peaceful” room. “You
can tell we like to talk a lot in this family,” she says.
It’s a family trait that she feels will serve her well when
she goes on to law school. “My family always taught me that
my opinion is worth something. And being opinionated—and
vocal—I think will make me a better lawyer.” But talk,
though plentiful around the Upton household, was always informed
whole family, from my great-grandparents on down, has always insisted
on education. It was a must,” says Myshanda. “We were
given choices: either the military or college. Anything else was
not acceptable. It’s a very structured family where Christ,
education and family are held very high,” she continues.
“And education comes very easily if you have support from
your family. I’m just very glad I have such a good one.”
for a transfer to Howard University Law School, Myshanda is majoring
in both English and History. “I’ve always loved English
because of the composition and creating,” she says. And as
for history, she found one class in particular at SMC that really
got her fired up. “It was Mr. Mason’s African-American
History class,” she recalls. “He is so enthusiastic
about his subject that it really makes us all sit up and listen.”
plans to take the bar examination in Georgia after graduating.
“And then I’m going to be a civil rights attorney,”
she says. “I’m a very sentimental person who loves people.
And I just always relate to a good cause.”