When I tell people I want to do nonprofit work, I typically receive a polite smile and a respectful inquiry into the cause I have chosen to advocate. Sometimes, people ask how I’ll support myself. Others advise me to marry someone rich.
After graduation, I hope to work with human trafficking victims. My dream is to help people who have suffered unthinkable abuse and brokenness in their lives. I want to assist in finding them a safe place to stay and heal from their trauma, and then in rehabilitating and empowering them. I want to negate the lies these people have been told – that they are worthless and powerless – and help them see their tremendous strength and value. I hope to raise awareness about the prevalence of modern day slavery, both around the world and in our own communities. I want to advocate for these people who may not have the voices to stand up for themselves. I want, someday, for slavery to be eradicated entirely.
This career will almost certainly not make me rich. I may have to work another job to cover my cost of living. It will definitely not be easy; it may not even be fun sometimes. But it will bring me joy to be able to give someone else hope. And if I can look back and see the positive impact that I have made on just one person’s life, I will consider myself successful.