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She describes herself as a “go getter” and there is nothing that can stop this supermom from achieving her goals.

Twenty-six-year-old Amanda Murillo of El Sereno has no problem juggling being a full time student at Pasadena City College, President of the Paralegal Association, and being a mother to her seven-year-old daughter Alexis.

Kristen Luna/Courier Paralegal studies student Amanda Murillo studying in the Shatford Library on Friday, September 11, 2015. Murillo is a single parent and president of the Paralegal Association. She is in her second year in the paralegal studies program and working towards her associate's degree in science.
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Paralegal studies student Amanda Murillo studying in the Shatford Library on Friday, September 11, 2015. Murillo is a single parent and president of the Paralegal Association. She is in her second year in the paralegal studies program and working towards her associate’s degree in science.

Murillo has been intrigued with law ever since she was a young girl. She is currently in the process of earning her A.S. degree in political science and also her paralegal certificate. Her dream is to go to Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles and stay local.

As president of the Paralegal Association, Murillo does her best to make sure the club participates and gets exposure in a variety of activities including interacting with the community and participating in food drives.

“We like to get together and create activities surrounded by things a paralegal would do in the work field or get them exposure to the environment, such as field trips to the court house and field trips to the L.A. Law Library,” Murillo said.

A member of the club, Diana Suarez, said she was hesitant to join until she met Murillo.

“Students are enriched with the knowledge and ability to communicate with all Pasadena City College student and of the Paralegal Program, and offers this in the most positive way,” Suarez said.

The association also runs the Law Day event at PCC, which has been around at PCC since the 70s. Although the club only meets once a month, Murillo has many plans for the club for this semester.

“I’m so impressed with Amanda. The club currently looks extremely well organized and is hosting really impressive events much more so than we did back then,” said Professor Marc Angelucci, who was the former president of the club in the early 90s.

Her secret of handling her busy life is multitasking. Everything she does is planned and written down on her planner, which is something that helps her keep organized with her life.

“I combine my work. I’m always going super fast with everything that I do and I don’t watch TV,” Murillo said.

She also is the admin to her club’s Facebook and Instagram page (PCCParalegals) that she checks on at least once a week.

Murillo is family oriented and that is the main thing that keeps her going.

“Family is my drive. I lead by example. I am blessed to live the life that I live,” Murillo said. “My mother, my father, my sister, my aunts, my grandmothers have been great teachers to me. A little bit of them, I carry within me. So I lead by the example I was taught.”

Growing up she was told she would never be anything, yet here she is doing everything. And she has advice for anyone who feels they cannot succeed.

“You can have anything in this world, just as long as you want it,” she said. “If you put all of your energy and perseverance on what you truly want without giving up, you can achieve it.”

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