Annika James '21

Major: Paralegal Studies
Hometown: Queens, N.Y.

Annika James feels right at home in Daemen College’s small campus environment. Active in the campus community, she is excited to be in the paralegal studies program as she looks ahead to a career as an attorney.

How would you describe Daemen in three words?

Daemen is dynamic, welcoming, and diverse.

What do you like most about attending Daemen?

With Daemen’s small campus, I feel like I’m home, which is important to me because the college is 8 hours away from my home in Queens. I have made a family at Daemen and like being in a campus community where everyone knows each other.

Why did you decide to study paralegal studies at Daemen?

I decided to study paralegal studies because of my love for law and my interest in becoming an attorney. Because of social justice problems in the country, I believe becoming an attorney will allow me to make a change and give a voice to people who do not have one.

What is your professional/career goal? How are your studies preparing you for this goal?

After I graduate from Daemen, I plan on attending law school to pursue a career as an attorney. Majoring in paralegal studies is giving me the opportunity to learn more about our government system, various areas of law, and legal documents and issues.

Who has had the most positive influence on you at Daemen?

Lamark Shaw, director of career services, has had the most positive influence on me because he is a great role model and because of his willingness to help students find the right career path.

What kinds of activities and clubs have you been involved in at Daemen? How have these activities enriched your college experience?

I am on the Multi-Cultural Association Executive Board, and serve as a tour guide, resident assistant, and orientation leader. My involvement with all of these activities has helped me to become a better leader.