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. Â For the rest of my life, whenever I see a fruit fly I’ll think, “Oooohh…drosophila.” Â When I go on vacation and the ocean glows at night, I think, “Oooohh…bioluminescent algae.” Â I still celebrate Mole Day every October. Â 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. Â Next to his picture, Mr. D. wrote, “Study Life. Â It’s Neat Stuff.” Â I’d like to think that that is what I have endeavored to do with my life – always learning and seeking new adventures. Â They say law school teaches you how to think. Â 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. Â Everyone thought that I had lost my mind. Â I remember Mr. D. had some choice words. Â He didn’t want me to throw in the towel just because I was frustrated. Â 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. Â 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!” Â 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. Â I knew I needed data to back up my decision so I went to my career services office and took personality tests. Â The results showed that I was well suited for science, but that I was also suited for human services. Â My love of science had not changed; I just didn’t want to be trapped in a lab all day. Â I think everyone calmed down when they saw that I wasn’t giving up my science roots; I’mÂ 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. Â 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 myÂ Sponsor A Law Kid page.