Name: Dianna Robinson
Title: Board Member
Law School: Osgoode Hall Law School, Class of 2018
Background: I was born in Jamaica where I spent my early years. I started school there when I was two years old. While my time as a schoolgirl in Jamaica was short, it instilled in me a great love for learning, and the importance of a good education. I immigrated to Canada when I was seven years old and grew up in North York. I went to tough schools like Lawrence Heights Middle School and eventually went on to complete my Undergraduate Degree at Ryerson University where I received an Honours Bachelor of Commerce with a Major in Finance.
Memorable Moment in Law School: My most memorable moment from first year was actually my very first day of orientation. I dreamed of going to law school since I was in Grade 6 and went on a school trip to Osgoode Hall downtown. It felt like such an exceptional place, full of people who were so well educated and well respected – I wanted to be one of them. While I dreamed of going to law school, it always felt like a dream that was just too big for someone like me – an immigrant, with parents who worked in factories, not knowing anyone who’d gone to university. So, for me, the first day of orientation when I was welcomed into the law school like everyone else, felt surreal. I could barely wrap my head around it. It wasn’t just a first day of school. Just making it to that moment was an accomplishment beyond anything I could have truly imagined for myself.
Current Plans: Right now, I am studying diligently for the New York Bar Exam and cannot wait to be finished! It is truly one of the most nerve-wracking tasks I’ve come upon.
Future Plans: I am set to move to New York at the end of the summer in order to start my legal career with one of the top corporate law firms in the city. I am excited for the opportunity but also nervous about leaving my family, a city I’ve come to love so much. My main goal is to hone my craft and to be good at what I do.
Fun Facts About Me: I’ve travelled to 20 countries over the span of five years. Before I made this goal for myself I hadn’t been anywhere other than Jamaica and Canada but had a great passion for learning about people and their cultures. I’ve committed to visiting at least one new place every year and I am always amazed at what I find. While my interest in travel was sparked by a desire to learn about others, I find that my travels have taught me even more about myself.
Advice for Incoming Law Students: Enjoy the journey that you’re on! Law school is hard and can be overwhelming at times, but it is also a great privilege. You have worked hard to earn your place here and there are exceptional things ahead for you. But, remember why you came here and don’t be tempted to compete just for the sake of “winning”. Slow down and reassess to make sure you’re still on a path that leads to where you want to be. Along the way, while you study hard and stress about finding a job, also remember to stop and celebrate your accomplishments. Make friends, and be kind to yourself.