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Katjana Wurschum

Katjana Wurschum

Class of 2018

Hometown: All over U.S. (military family)
Undergraduate: New Mexico State University
Major: Criminal Justice and Government


Katjana Wurschum considers herself a social and outgoing person. She is very accustomed to being the 'new kid' because of her childhood. "I was born and raised in a military family and am a proud army brat. Growing up in a military setting, I moved around about every three years and never really had a hometown, but it gave me the opportunity to have a unique experience. I was surrounded by families from all over the world and got to interact with children from all over."

"When I was a child, I hated moving because it meant starting over at school and making new friends; but looking back, I got to see so many places and meet so many people, which I think was the best experience." Wurschum's mother is a German citizen who worked for the military doing financial work, and her father joined the U.S. Army straight out of high school.  

By attending McGeorge, Wurschum has been 1,200 miles from her family and friends in New Mexico. "This has been the first time I have ever lived on my own; I went from living with my parents, to living with college roommates, and then to moving in with my fiancé and our dog. During my first year of law school, all I wanted to do was go home and be with my family, but I am stubborn and forced myself to stick it out."  

Looking back, she believes that was the best decision she has ever made. "Living on my own that first year really pushed me out of my bubble and forced me to be more social and more independent. I found myself going out more with friends and traveling more. Looking back, I am really thankful that I did it. I think it helped me become more outgoing."  

Aside from studying, Wurschum spends her time with her fiancé. "Since moving to California, I have tried to travel to a new part of California every chance I get. Coming from New Mexico, there isn't too much to do there, so I have tried to take advantage of any spare time to go and see something new, especially because Sacramento is located only a few hours from so many different places."  

Wurschum also enjoys spending time with her two dogs. "I am a huge dog lover! Anyone who knows me will tell you that my dogs are a huge part of my world, and I often take them with me when I travel. Everyone has their own way of dealing with stress in law school, and mine is definitely spending time with my dogs. Their wagging tails and big ears are enough to make a stressful day melt away the second I step into my home."  

Wurschum has an interest in pursuing Family Law after graduation. "I have always wanted to practice Family Law, but I still wasn't sure what exactly I wanted to do with it. I am currently interning with the Children's Law Center which has piqued my interest and I think I would like to continue working with children." Aside from her internship, she enjoys reading for pleasure and participates in a Book of the Month Club.

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