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Justice Sotomayor describes navigating new worlds

Updated Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 | 2:01 p.m.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has described how she navigated new worlds of Ivy League universities and the nation's highest court after growing up poor in New York City.

Sotomayor spoke at Yale University Monday. She says she has a competitive drive to improve herself and isn't afraid to ask questions.

Sotomayor is the first Hispanic on the U.S. Supreme Court and says she didn't even know what an Ivy League college was when a friend suggested she apply. She attended Princeton and Yale Law School.

On the Supreme Court since 2009, Sotomayor says it was tough at first as justices make references that went over her head. She says she was determined to be a competent justice and says she believes her opinions have improved and she's finding her voice.