Embracing the Call to Law School - A Letter from Sarah
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Dear Sweet Sisters,
It’s not every day that your optometrist gives you a piece of earth shattering advice.
Per usual, he began his litany of questions about my life and my future plans. My naïve college junior self boasted of my grand plans to go on to law school directly after undergrad. He immediately stopped what he was doing, looked me dead in the eyes, and said, without skipping a beat, 'That time will be hard. You will watch all of your friends settle down and begin their lives. As they get jobs, get married, and begin having kids, you will still be in school. It will be painful. But it will all be okay.'
These past two years have been wearing, friends. I have tasted sweet victories, but only at the price of great sacrifice, namely pressing pause on “settling down” for three years at the Lord’s request. To summarize my sentiments about law school, I borrow the words of the great Abraham Lincoln:
'I have been many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction I had no where else to go.'
Most of my friends are in the working world, married or close to it, and expecting or have already had beautiful babies. To say that I don’t long for any or all of those things would be a bold-faced lie. You can’t deny the natural progression of life, folks.
Do I question if this decision was right? Almost every single day.
Do I wonder if my career choice will cost me the family I always dreamed of? Of course.
But just as the thought of being a wife and mother brings me great joy, so does the thought of practicing law in the Lord’s great name. He knows that. And that is all the assurance I need to keep on keeping on, despite my doubts and fears.
I’m sure you have your doubts too, friend, about whatever path you happen to be on. Step away to a quiet place and pray this simple prayer with all of your heart:
Jesus, You have not failed me yet, and I trust that You will not fail me still.
In the Fearless Love of Christ,
Get to know Sarah
A little bit about Sarah...
Sarah Prosser is a 23-year-old who just finished her second year of law school at Ave Maria School of Law in Naples, Florida.
When she’s not submerged in school work, she’s busy juggling two part-time jobs (one as a Research, Writing, and Advocacy Teaching Assistant and one as an intern in the Legal Services Department at a hospital), blogging for Integrity and the Be Love Revolution, feeding her addiction to CrossFit, leading worship, jet setting between three different states that are all “home” in some way, and holding on for dear life on this crazy rollercoaster of a ride called adulthood.
What do the first two hours of your day look like?
Mornings are my jam. My parents are early risers and so fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on the day), I have acquired the early riser gene.
Most mornings, I am up by 6:15 a.m. There is something refreshing about the stillness and slow pace of the early morning in comparison to the hustle and bustle of the rest of the day. I take my time getting my coffee and breakfast then retreat to my office to begin whatever work or project I am planning on tackling that morning.
Before I begin, I take a minute to soak in the moment…the stillness, the smell of coffee (one of my most favorite smells), the sun just beginning to rise, and the blank slate of the day ahead. I thank God for another day to do His work and ask for all of the buckets of grace I’m sure that I will need to handle whatever the day ahead will bring.
What's your favorite part of being a law student?
When I’m on break. Kidding. Although, over the course of the past two years, I have realized the immense value of rest and taking time to take care of myself.
However, my favorite part hands down is being a Teaching Assistant. I believe that those who are given the gift of knowledge have a responsibility to share that knowledge with others. I love the challenge of figuring out a way to communicate information to a student in a way that their mind understands. The look in their eyes when they get the “light bulb moment,” that moment when all of the pieces of the puzzle finally come together, is exhilarating in a way I can’t quite put into words. It’s a privilege to help them get to that moment.
What fear keeps you up at night?
There are many, unfortunately, but the most prevailing is the fear of failure. I’m taking a little bit of a break this summer, which is something very unusual and highly discouraged in the law school world. The summer before the last year of law school should be the summer of success, not the summer of taking what I affectionately have come to call a “sabbatical.” My whole person desperately needs a break, but fighting the norm of law school culture creates plenty of room for the lies to sweep in and tell me that this choice is going to ruin my future. Hence, far too many nights spent tossing and turning.
Tell us about the first time you experience a strong sense of belonging in the Catholic Church.
When I was young, my home parish was vibrant and alive for many reasons, one of the most important being that we had a very dynamic priest. His own devotion permeated into the whole entire congregation, especially during liturgical seasons. Admittedly, there was not much depth or ownership in my faith life until a much later time, but I still vividly remember the excitement and anticipation I had each year approaching Palm Sunday and the reading of the Passion. The priest, the deacon, and the lector all did a fantastic job of reading their parts, but what really struck me every year without fail was the crowd portion of the reading. I can still hear the whole parish nearly shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”
I know, it’s an odd moment to feel a sense of belonging, but I did and still do each year when the Passion is read. As a congregation, we verbally acknowledge our human frailty, that it is our sin that put Christ on the cross. Not my sin, not your sin, our sin. We are in this fight together.
Tell us about a woman you look up to!
This is such a great question! There are few things in life so crucial as picking the right role models. We become who we are in large part because of the people we aspire to be like.
There have been many women who have played a role in helping me become the woman I am today, so this list is far from exhaustive. However, I have chosen these particular women for a reason.
They are tangible examples of nitty gritty womanhood, of accepting the reality of imperfection, but striving to be a better person every single day. They all love Jesus passionately and fiercely in their own unique way and bring His love into this broken world that so desperately needs it. They love consistently and unconditionally through all of life’s ups and downs. They give and serve without counting the cost. They support and encourage others to conquer their most challenging mountains and to run after their wildest dreams. They radiate a joy that can only come from the peace of knowing their true identity. In sum, they are rock-solid women that you can’t help but want to be like.
Mom, Grandma Cookie, Mama Roelant, Professor Generazzo, and Mar Bear, thank you for being my real life super heroes and for changing my life for the better.
Favorite character ever. Go!
Elizabeth McCord from Madam Secretary.
My roommate got me hooked on Madam Secretary a couple of months ago. I shamelessly binge watched two seasons. Elizabeth got thrust into the job of being Secretary of State not by her own doing, but because she was thought well suited for the position. While in office, she makes bold decisions that rock the boat of the status quo. She’s creative in her problem solving and allows her uniqueness as a woman to influence her decisions rather than trying to alienate her maternal instincts from her work. She genuinely tries to do the right and just thing, a rarity, especially in the world of politics. Not to mention she has a classy sense of style and just the right dose of sass.