The 1972 Princeton University yearbook contains this self-authored entry for senior Samuel Alito: "Sam intends to go to law school and eventually to warm a seat on the Supreme Court."
It was partly collegiate whimsy, but Alito was not alone in this high estimation of himself; his faculty adviser also saw in him a distinguished judicial career. And since then, his professional life as a lawyer and judge has been one long march forward for the son of an immigrant who is known for his unflinching but low-volume conservatism.
Looking back at my year books, I had no clue what I wanted to do. I feel so--slacker-like.