texas_longhorns_logoAbigail Noel Fisher of Sugar Land is the plaintiff in the case that was before the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the University of Texas at Austin‘s use of race in its admissions decisions.

Fisher alleged that she was denied admission to the system’s flagship in 2008 because she is white and the school’s affirmative action policies resulted in the acceptance of African American and Hispanic students with lesser credentials. She was offered admission to a different UT campus with the possibility of transferring later, but she opted to go out of state to attend college.

Fisher graduated from Louisiana State University in the spring with a finance degree.

“I dreamt of going to UT ever since the second grade,” Fisher told CNN. “My dad went there, my sister went there, and tons of friends and family. And it was a tradition I wanted to continue.”

In a video posted by the Project on Fair Representation, a group that opposes race-based admissions, Fisher said the use of race amounted to discrimination.

“I was taught from the time I was a little girl that any kind of discrimination was wrong and for an institution of higher learning to act this way makes no sense to me,” Fisher said. “What kind of example does this set for others?”