Grappling with Plans for the Future

Tough Decisions Ahead Road SignHeads up: This is not so much advice as it is venting my feelings about the terrifying nature of changing one’s plans!

Ever since I was little, my mother has always told me that I would make a great lawyer. Being the stubborn person I am, I have always known that I never want to be a lawyer. For a long time now it has been my own goal to one day work as a Foreign Service Officer for the US State Department as soon as possible and this plan has included eventually completing a Master’s degree after graduating from McGill. This is what I have always wanted to do, this is what I have always thought I would be good at doing with my life, and this is what I have always been working towards.

In the past year I have started to consolidate my interests and passions. This summer I worked as a human rights intern at the political federation Liberal International. In continuing that work, I have been writing an extensive research paper for course credit on the Istanbul Convention, an international human rights mechanism on which I spent a good portion of my summer studying. These two experiences have profoundly changed what I enjoy doing and potentially the trajectory of my life.

Now this goes back to the anecdote about my mother – I am seriously considering going to law school after graduating from McGill, much to her excitement and my slight chagrin though still not to be a lawyer. If I want to work in human rights protection of any sort, I feel as though it would be necessary to have a background in law to live up to my idea of the good I want to do in the world. It’s an incredibly daunting thought but I am beginning to realize that it is what I need to be working towards.

As I am only in my second of four years here at McGill, I have plenty of time to decide if this is truly the path I want to go down but it makes a lot of sense in my mind to go forward with this plan. I can still work in foreign service one day – it may take a little longer but this diversion would not only make me more employable but also more of the person that I want to be.

Here’s to changing the plan on ourselves every once in a while.

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