By Genevieve Antono • December 02, 2016•Writers in Residence, Careers, Firms and the Private Sector, Law School, Pre-Law, Choosing a Career and Landing a Job, Internships and Clerkships
To all my dearest, fellow 2016 Ms. JD writers-in-residence: It's December! We've come to our final blog posts! My sincerest thanks for your wisdom and your friendship this year. What a joy and honor it has been to get to know you all.
In particular, I'd like to give shoutouts to:
- Gloria, our amazing #MsJDWIR Program Director, for your endless patience and for keeping all of us organized (herding cats!)
- Delida, for coming all the way to Columbia University (!) to chat with and inspire our group of pre-law undergrads
- Julie, for your constant encouragement, and the spot-on advice in your column—which greatly motivates me
- Lauren, for making me laugh!
- Katie, for your mentorship and encouragement, and of course, for being the one to introduce me to Ms. JD
- Nikki, for being the next generation of the Columbia pre-law community to get involved with Ms. JD. You have no idea how inspiring and satisfying that is for me!
So, what's next?
First, I’m really excited about 2017—the year I’m scheduled to graduate from university and start my first full-time job. There's just so much that I am yet to learn... And I can't wait to get started.
I’ve also been thinking a lot about transitioning from a “pre-law” to a “young professional” mindset.
Am I still interested in going to law school? Yes, eventually.
However, I’ve recently been feeling that the “pre-law” label makes it more difficult for me to fully live in the present. Being “pre”-something makes me feel like I’m in limbo, like I’m waiting for law school/another stage/real life to happen. I don’t want to be so forward-looking that I miss what’s happening around me.
Instead, I want to start seeing myself as a fully present, fully engaged young professional. It's very important to me that I'm not someone who's just temporarily at my organization on the way to law school, but someone who's ready to be part of the team, right here, right now.
I’ve a fun challenge ahead of me, and we'll see how this all works out. Fingers crossed, and please wish me luck! And, if you have any advice as I start my first job, please do leave a comment below.
Thank you for sharing in my journey so far, everyone! It has been a real pleasure. Let's keep in touch!
Signing off as “That Pre-Law Millennial,”
(Update March 2017: That goodbye didn't last very long, did it? I am thrilled and excited to serve as Ms. JD's next Pre-Law Program Director. Please click on my profile, or on this Index, for more pre-law articles!)
Genevieve Antono is an undergraduate at Columbia University in the City of New York (Class of 2017) and the 2014-2016 President of the Columbia Pre-Law Society. At Columbia, she also founded a Corporate Law Mentoring Circle for her peers.
Check out her LinkedIn at: www.linkedin.com/in/genevieveantono