I think my favorite part of the Ruth-Mr. DeShazer story is the fact that what I learned in his classes has stayed with me. For the rest of my life, whenever I see a fruit fly I’ll think, “Oooohh…drosophila.” When I go on vacation and the ocean glows at night, I think, “Oooohh…bioluminescent algae.” I still celebrate Mole Day every October. And thanks to Mr. D.’s chemistry class, I will never forget about the dangers of dihyrdogen monoxide.
I opened my senior yearbook last night. Next to his picture, Mr. D. wrote, “Study Life. It’s Neat Stuff.” I’d like to think that that is what I have endeavored to do with my life – always learning and seeking new adventures. They say law school teaches you how to think. I think that I was challenged to think critically starting in Mr. D.’s class.
I remember when I told him and my high school friends that I was changing my major from chemistry to psychology. Everyone thought that I had lost my mind. I remember Mr. D. had some choice words. He didn’t want me to throw in the towel just because I was frustrated. He tried to convince me that I was just going through a rough patch and that it would get better it I stuck with it. He and my high school friends had not seen me for the previous six months, yelling across the lab every day, “I’m changing my major!” They couldn’t see how unhappy I was via email.
I knew that there was going to be a backlash from my friends and family. I knew I needed data to back up my decision so I went to my career services office and took personality tests. The results showed that I was well suited for science, but that I was also suited for human services. My love of science had not changed; I just didn’t want to be trapped in a lab all day. I think everyone calmed down when they saw that I wasn’t giving up my science roots; I’m using them in a different way.
I’m grateful that the DeShazers sponsored my entire first week of Sponsor A Law Kid and gave me the freedom to tell this story. It’s been a blast for me and my fellow classmates.
Sponsor A Law Kid is my endeavor to pay for my last semester of law school. Today’s sponsors are Darvin and Jane DeShazer. For more information about Sponsor A Law Kid or to see what days are still available for sponsorship, visit my Sponsor A Law Kid page.