Social Justice & Networking Night on Zoom
Thursday, November 12, 2020 @ 4
I attended this event because I want to pursue a career to support my family, but I want a balance of that and doing good for my community. I hope to go into something that allows me to split time between making money for my family but doing social work as well. Currently I am considering pursuing malpractice law and working for a firm or hospital, but also taking pro-bono cases for patients in need during my extra time. It is important to me to find a balance between the two and this night allowed me to speak to people who work in fields I have interest in. This night opened my eyes to opportunities and contacts within the field who I can continue to explore opportunities with. This was the first zoom event I attended that was not mandatory and it made me want to attend more because I got more out of it that I expected.
The people who came to lead the call were 2 people who worked for companies that focused on social injustice in their prospective fields. They answered many questions asked by the students as well as the pre-law director who brought the call together and invited the guests on the call. They worked in different places in the country, but they were seeing similar things in their different places and fields. The similarities I saw between them made me realize that everyone has different versions of the same issues. I feel like every problem stems from a lack of understanding of other perspectives and with that misunderstanding or lack of desire to understand comes the issue. I think if people made more of an attempt to understand other perspectives and mindsets that many people would be in more peaceful and better situations. I also met a few alumni and found many ways to connect with other alumni in the future, which I have learned is a good place to start when looking for opportunities. One of the alumni I spoke to was actually a lawyer and she also served on a school board. She had so much experience and insight on the politics of the job market, the issues in school systems, and the things you must prioritize to be successful in the way she was. I really hope one day I can speak to students the way she spoke to us and help them feel more confident in their paths as well as the power they have to change situations.