5 Questions: Brooke Tyus, CAS ’07, LAW ’18

Brooke Tyus

How did your education prepare you for what you are doing today?

I attended CWRU for my undergraduate degree, in psychology. During 2002-2007, I became really comfortable with the campus and made many connections with our campus community. Deciding to come back to CWRU for law school was a no brainer. My prior experience and comfort level with the university made it easier for me to adapt to such a vigorous program.

What is your greatest professional accomplishment or recent professional accomplishment to date?

My greatest professional accomplishment is becoming the first African American Editor in Chief of the Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law. The journal is 50 years old this year, so it feels great to establish a new trend for fellow minorities. More recently, I was nominated by CWRU for inclusion in the 13th Edition of Who’s Who in Black Cleveland.

What programs do you support at CWRU, and why?

The Office of Multicultural Affairs was a staple for me during my initial time at CWRU. I am also a huge supporter of both admission offices. I was an orientation leader and a law ambassador.

Do you have advice for current students?

I encourage first time college students to be patient with major selection. If you know for sure, that is okay too. I just remember wanting to do a lot and felt pressured into knowing what my response would be. Sometimes saying “I don’t know” is best. Minimize opportunities to take out student loans every chance you get. Taking a break after undergrad is also okay. Obtain work experience and be sure to balance leadership with academics and extracurricular activities. Lastly, talk to everyone from the janitor to the Dean. Creating a lasting impact on people will allow smooth transitions into other areas in life. I can attest to that!

What is your favorite memory and/or spot on campus?

My favorite memory was moving in to my dorm, Pierce Hall, in August of 2002. It was scary and liberating at the same time. I was leaving home and was on my own with strangers. In fact, I was the only African American girl in my suite. I couldn’t have asked for a more welcoming group of women. It was this moment—and not turning 18 a month earlier— that I felt like an adult who would be responsible for myself without my parent’s structure.

Check out Brooke’s spotlight in The Daily from April 2018.

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