I love listening to people, hearing their stories, trying to discover as much as I can about the complexities and intricacies of their life to form a fuller idea of them as a person. Now to make that into a career… I could take the easy route and list all of the steps I would need to take to be a therapist or a psychologist, but that would not be enough. I had to get a more specific – who do I love listening to most? While I love hearing a diversity of opinions, I’ve realized that specifically, I love listening to women. I love listening to their trials and tribulations, the suffering they’ve had to endure, and the strength they demonstrated along the way. My ideal career would involve listening to those stories and helping women empower themselves in a world where they are taught the opposite. To do this in a tangible way, I think it is important to have a grasp of gender studies, the complexities of a male-dominant society, and rape culture. I hope to practice Gender Law in order to go beyond just listening and instead, take what I’ve heard and use it as fuel to create policies to protect women, empower them, and strengthen them. This career could revolutionize the way people perceive young girls, women of color, women in the work force, stay at home mothers. It could deconstruct patriarchy and give women the tools they need to become whoever they want to be.