I’m a baller. And, also, I love this song.

Remember that time I joked that the medical campaign was going to raise $120,000? That was totally silly. I was just being a goose. A silly goose.

We actually raised $200,000. #ballin

I still have my fingers crossed that we’re going to win some more Do More 24 money, but we don’t find out until Monday, July 8th. DAMN YOU, UNITED WAY OF THE NATIONAL CAPITAL AREA. #impatience

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In other news? This song, daily, on repeat.

I hope you don’t mind that I put down in words how wonderful life is now you’re in the world.

I’ve been thinking a lot about grad school and my next steps. When I first started college, I was pretty sure that I wanted to go to law school. Then, after meeting so many people who went to law school and hated it, I started to think that public policy school made more sense for me. Now, I’m realizing that what I really want to do is study human rights law and work on ending human trafficking and violence against women. I think I always knew that on some level, but I didn’t know exactly how to jump into it — besides signing petitions, donating to Amnesty, and volunteering here and there for events to raise awareness. I’m finding now that law school just might be the best course for me, which is both exciting and intimidating. The best part, though, is that it means I can possibly go to Vanderbilt like I always dreamed (they don’t have a public policy school, and I actually considered studying education policy just so I could go there). OK, fine, that’s not the best part, but it’s an awesome added bonus. I ❤ Nashville.

What does that mean for me right now?

  1. I need to start interning, volunteering, or getting work experience in human rights law or advocacy to stop human trafficking. Relevant work experience seems crucial, not only for admission, but also because I want to know for sure, before investing hundreds of thousands of dollars, that it’s the right choice for me.
  2. I need to study for the LSAT. Hardcore.

Finally, things are coming together.

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3 thoughts on “I’m a baller. And, also, I love this song.

  1. You GO, girl! $200,000 and counting! You’re sure to have many more “best thing I’ve ever done” moments, so enjoy each of them fully!

    That’s a great song by Ellie Goulding. Probably because I’m an old geezer, I’m partial to the Elton John version. He plays a mean piano, and I think he sings it just a tad better. However, Ellie puts a ton of feeling into her version, and has that almost inspirational section towards the end. And she has a cat. You can’t go wrong with cats. 😉

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    • teehee, THANK YOU, I’m pretty sure you’re right, haha.

      I LOVE the Elton John version, but I’ve been obsessing over Ellie for the last year, so I loved that she chose to cover this song. and correct: you can never go wrong with cats.

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      • Jess, you always, always underestimate yourself! So at the risk of sounding like a hypocrite, I am issuing you a “cease and desist” order, with which I expect immediate and complete compliance!

        I think when you take everything you have been through in your short lifetime (trust me, girl, you are still so young!), the fact that you have chosen to keep hope and love for others alive inside AND work tirelessly to help others with that as a driving force…. you are just getting started. We need more like you.

        And PS — Kerwyn really isn’t a geezer. He is just more refined. 🙂 Being that I am in the middle of both of you age-wise… well I can go with EITHER version of the song. Ha! And cats are great. Unltil you put them in smashing pink ensembles and then try to take a good picture with her doing her best impression of grumpy cat ever. 🙂 My first cat, Shadow, was even less thrilled with my sister putting her in a cheerleader outfit from my cabbage patch doll when I was in 6th grade. Trying to catch her to get it off her was…. scary. LOL

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