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Misty Delgado ’04

 

Misty Delgado2Misty Delgado ’04 (Hope High School) graduated from Roger Williams University in 2008 with a B.S. in Criminal Justice. She went on to earn an M.S. in Criminal Justice from RWU and a J.D. from RWU School of Law in 2011. As an attorney, Misty has experience in litigation, corporate, government, and public interest law and is currently in private practice.

“I chose criminal justice as a major because crime always intrigued me,” she says. “It was better than and different from the other majors I had looked at and in line with my aspiration to be an attorney. I went back for my master’s because I wanted to learn more about the different theories and applications of those theories to our current criminal justice system and society. I also pursued my master’s because I wanted to make sure that I would be marketable in this crazy economy in case I didn’t like being an attorney.”

But getting a law degree was in the cards. “I have always known I was going to be a lawyer,” says Misty. “There were definitely times in my life when it wasn’t my main focus and I was probably going in the opposite direction, but I always knew that’s what I would be. I can’t say for sure what led me to it, but my great-grandmother watching Columbo, Murder She Wrote, Perry Mason, and Matlock like clockwork every day while I was growing up probably had something to do with it.”

The experience of being a Crusader also kept Misty pointed toward her future. “The takeaway is that being in the Crusade made college mandatory and real at a very young age,” she says. “It was never an if, but always a when.” In high school, the message intensified. “Kalomo Vanterpool, the Advisor at Hope, reignited the flame of ‘Yes, you are going to college,’” she says. “Being able to participate in college fairs and other events that showed that there was a life after Hope High School was a major game changer for a lot of us, and I know for a fact it was because of Kalomo’s efforts.”

Misty achieved success in her college coursework despite some initial uncertainty. “The best thing about my college experience was being in class and realizing that I actually did get it,” she says. “College can be terrifying, and we are always our own worst critics, so many times I second-guessed myself but was pleasantly surprised to find out that I was right the first time around.”

The process of receiving a College Crusade scholarship presented Misty with an unexpected obstacle to surmount as a teenaged mother. She was surprised to learn that her decision to have a child required her to appeal a Crusade scholarship policy that was in force at the time. “It was hard for me to understand,” she says. “Here I was about to graduate high school. I’d received acceptance letters from all eight colleges I applied to and got waitlisted for Harvard, and I had to appeal to explain why I deserved a scholarship because I broke a pledge I had made in third grade. I was very upset, but I appealed and the scholarship was given to me. The process taught me that in order to get what you need you may have to endure adversity but that doesn’t mean you give up.” she adds. “It means you remain firm in your convictions and let the chips fall where they may.”

Misty volunteers her time on behalf of young people. “My volunteer work mostly involves youth who are in the situations that I was in as a teen – pregnancy and DCYF,” she says. “I am on the Board for Communities for People and for Nowell Leadership Academy. My special interest at this moment is self-investment. It makes your life more enjoyable and improves the lives of those around you.”

Misty wants Crusaders to know that self-investment starts now. She recommends two books: Getting Things Done, by David Allen, and No Excuses: The Power of Self Discipline, by Brian Tracy. “You should read these two books yesterday,” she says. “They will help you organize all aspects of your life and make you more efficient. Another thing: always ask the question. Chances are other people have the same question but if you ask it, you command the room and remain engaged because the teacher is talking directly to you. Asking questions leads to a deeper understanding and better engagement. Finally, stop in and see your professors during office hours, if for nothing else than being sure they know your face. It can make the difference between B-plus and an A-minus.”

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