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Jonelle Lacy


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I didn’t grow up as a little girl desiring to be a lawyer. That thought had never even crossed my mind, not in high school, not in college, and not for ten years after college. I spent my childhood dreaming of becoming a veterinarian, then in college I decided I wanted to do human medicine and work for an NFL team as their orthopedic surgeon. I loved science and I wanted to help people, naturally that led me to medicine. I embarked on my college journey taking the pre-med track of courses. Somehow, I made it through organic chemistry which is usually where people make an abrupt turn and decide science and medicine is just not for them.


I graduated from college and found what I thought would be an amazing job to lead me into medical school. The plan was to take a year off, work and study for The MCAT, the medical entrance exam, and then off to medical school, I would go. I would be working with orthopedic and neurosurgeons monitoring the central nervous system throughout the surgery. I was on top of the world until I realized what my job was really all about. It took maybe two weeks for me to realize that I absolutely hated this new job. As amazing and cool as it sounded, it was really just long, boring, difficult days in the operating room with people who didn’t understand or respect my reason for being there. Nevertheless, it paid well and I was able to get some experience working in the medical field. Meanwhile, I took the MCAT and completely bombed the exam. It was really during that study time and subsequently receiving my results that I took a deep hard look at whether this was the career for me. After working in the hospital for almost a year, I was starting to realize I couldn’t imagine being a doctor anymore, but what else could I do?


I had spent nearly my whole life dreaming of going to either veterinarian school or medical school, so now what? Even though I absolutely despised my job it paid well and each year I keep getting an increase in my salary. It seemed the higher my salary the more unhappy I was with the job, but at the same time the harder it was to leave. It was during this time I found myself needing the services of an attorney. This would turn into a trial that lasted four long years and would not end in my favor. I was able to see the legal world from an inside view and I didn’t like what I saw or how a lot of things were handled.


At the end of my trial, I was still working a job I hated and was really in a deep, dark, depression. A small voice inside of me keeps saying go to law school. I ignored it for 5 years until I couldn’t take it anymore. At this point, I had been working in the same industry for ten years and was making more money than I had ever made before, yet I was still miserable and unfulfilled in my career. I always wanted to help people but could only see doing that through medicine. That’s when I decided to take a giant leap of faith and quit my job, along with that great salary and embark on my journey to law school. It took ten years, plus four years of part-time law school, where I continued to work, but in a different industry, to finally reach a dream I never knew I had.


For the first time since college, I can truthfully say, I love my job, I’m walking in my purpose, and I couldn’t be happier. The best part about all of this is that I ultimately reached my dreams of being able to help people and I found an area of law that allows me to make use of my science degree.