August 26-27, 2018: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor visited East Lansing to talke and field questions at the East Lansing High School Theater, the Breslin Center, and at the Kellogg Center.
The girl from the Bronx, now a Supreme Court Justice, paid a rare visit to East Lansing to share her life story of triumph and endurance.
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s memoir, “My Beloved World,” is required reading for all incoming MSU freshmen. Published in 2013, the book debuted on the top of the nonfiction New York Times Best-Seller List for several weeks.
In “My Beloved World,” Sotomayor provides readers with a frank and loving account of her coming of age and her large extended family, many with roots still in Puerto Rico. Sotomayor also recounts the adversity she has faced in her life – from growing up in poverty with an at-times challenging family life to her lifelong management of juvenile diabetes and her determination to adapt to a wider world that would eventually result in her becoming the first Latina and third woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
“MSU is, and has been, one of our nation’s foremost public universities, and tremendous opportunities await you here,” Sotomayor said.
Attending her first semester of college, things didn’t go too smoothly with her first assignment.
“I still remember when I got it back. I saw a big red C-plus marked at the top. It was the lowest grade I’ve ever seen in anything since fourth grade. I was devastated, and thought I was better than that. But a supportive network of family, friends and professors helped me survive it and improve.”
Sotomayor said going to university taught her three things: Find the right people to share life with, share knowledge with others and contribute something to make the world better.
Dennis Burck, “Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor speaks at MSU’s student welcome”, Lansing City Pulse, August 27, 2018.
Sarah Lehr, “Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor gets personal in chat with MSU students”, Lansing State Journal, August 27, 2018.