Philjay Solar ’19 always wanted to work in public service. But after spending two years teaching with City Year, he knew he had to do more to help his students. He decided to study public interest law, so he’d gain the tools and experience he needed to effect even more change. This is his story.

“Service to a cause greater than self” is a value I have tried to embody throughout my life. However, it was not until 2014 when I realized my true calling to service and joined the AmeriCorps organization City Year, Inc.

My two years of service and teaching in Boston truly opened my eyes to socioeconomic inequity. I saw firsthand how the injustices of the legal system affected my seventh- and eighth-grade students of color in ways I would have never imagined. During this time, I thought to myself, “There is more than I can do to advocate for my students and their families if I became a lawyer.”