Scintilla ’13: Horizons
What have been the event horizons of your life – the moments from which there is no turning back?
My junior year English teacher shot down all my research project proposals. She said, “Renee, I really think you should do body image and the media.”
I did. I’ve been studying some form of it since then.
It was time to consider colleges. I spent countless hours on CollegeBoard.com thinking about the decision. Butler? Bradley? Washington? American? Roosevelt? DePaul?
I took a tour of Saint Mary’s. I applied early decision.
I needed a summer internship. Everyone else was getting one. I decided to see if the local Congressman took interns.
He did. He catapulted my career in politics.
I developed a crush on Joe. I told myself I wasn’t going to hold back. No more walls. No more games. He deserved more. All or nothing. He got all.
We’ve been married almost four years.
I hated my job. I hated my boss. I hated my coworkers. I wanted to be a teacher. I was told it would take me 6 years part-time to be a high school social studies teacher.
I decided to apply to a Masters program instead.
I got in.
And then I got into a Ph.D. program.
And here I am. A feminist. Saint Mary’s alum. Political junkie. Married. Professor in training.