Xi Xi Li
B.S. Florida State University,
Political Science and International Affairs
While at FAMU Law Xi Xi participated in Mock Trail, and was a member of the FAMU Federalist Society Executive Board. In addition was a member of the Citrus Club Young Executives, and the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers. She is a graduate of Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs, Florida.
Why Xi Xi chose to attend FAMU Law:
I spent the majority of my life in the United States in Orlando, Florida before going to college and working after graduation. Ultimately, I wanted to be closer to home during this challenging time. I saw FAMU College of Law literally being built from the ground up when I was in middle school and I thought this would be the perfect place to bring it back full circle.
What sparked Xi Xi’s interest in the law:
My Mother’s entrepreneurial spirit! She immigrated to the United States to live the “American Dream” and she has been very successful in her business but it was very challenging along the way. I was able to witness firsthand, the trials and tribulations of what it takes to build something from the ground up and her inspiration and drive taught me to help individuals who want to pursue a similar dream.
A quote or saying Xi Xi uses for motivation:
“If I can make it there, I’m gonna make it anywhere” – Theme from New York, New York
I used to listen to this song almost once a week when I lived in New York City for a short time after college. I had my heart set on law school and becoming a lawyer, but I didn’t know where to be physically. This quote has taught me to understand how to be adaptable and learn from my surroundings and focus on the goal at hand. It doesn’t matter where you are, it depends on how you can make the most of it.
Advice Xi Xi has for future FAMU Law students:
Listen to yourself. There will be many situations where you might feel overwhelmed and lost, especially in your first year, but no one will know “you”- like yourself. Don’t compare yourself to others. It’s very healthy to strive for the best grades but don’t forget to appreciate how far you have come and the support of those who have helped you along the way. I found that I performed better academically when I had a work/life balance and I’m glad that I was able to recognize that. Understand that you cannot be cooped up studying all day, every day. Enjoy the benefits of fresh air and be in the presence of good company. Spend time with your family, even if it’s a chat on the phone. Allow yourself to continue doing what you love to do and don’t feel that you have to give up on an activity that you did before law school.
And, something additional to consider:
Take law school seriously and don’t take it for granted. Law school is just one step towards becoming a lawyer, but it isn’t the only step. It is the best stepping stone that you have to cross before you start networking for internships and before you start preparing for the bar. Law school is the best place to learn to be held accountable and respect deadlines. Don’t ever take anything for granted and enjoy the moment. Create good habits while in school so you don’t have to learn on the job. Be active and don’t expect things to just land in your lap.
“If you wait for doors to open, you might arrive too late”. – Tory Burch