I chose Chase for a number of reasons. I think I had always been curious about pursuing law and I didn't exactly know how my background in engineering would merge with legal education. So I was already sort of developing a career as a software developer primarily in the health industry and came to Chase, and more or less, started asking questions, "What does a merger of those two fields look like?" And the responses that I got, were enticing to me to say the least. And Chase offering the evening division gave me an opportunity to, you know, continue my career and continue some other pieces of my life while also pursuing that legal education.
So one opportunity with Chase that I have definitely taken advantage of is their willingness to accommodate experiential learning. So I'm currently a software developer with Cincinnati Police and I've been able to use those opportunities, as sort of a catalyst, to give me a different sort of conversation related to the things I'm interested in, in the law, in the merger of technology and law.
And then, I guess, as the second piece [inaudible] another opportunity, with Chase that I'm super excited about is I'm participating in the Lunsford Academy. And so some of that has meant, you know, sitting with professionals in the field, who are doing the exact sort of things that I would like to do and kind of seeing what that looks like, and what you know, my eventual outcome might be.
So a professor in a class that has had an enormous impact on me so far, would have to be Professor Honabach and torts. He is getting you the forward thing, what is this decision going to mean down the road for somebody? And I think that's super valuable and it's influenced the way I, you know, pursued every other class and every other consideration involved.
My goals after graduation, are, I always my policy on that is always to keep as many doors open as I can. So I don't exactly know what that looks like but I know that there are two pieces that I think really ought to be communicating with each other a little better than they are right now. And that is like technology and data and informatics, and law. And it seems like, too often, they are... the right hand is not communicating with the left on that as effectively as it could. And I don't know if it's driven by, you know, a lack of one side understanding what the other is doing. But I think, right now, and in the next, you know, couple of decades, that is going to be an enormous opportunity.
To the Chase community, to me, is, has been, one of my favorite parts, honestly. My class and really every class that I've met, but I know mine the best, is so diverse in their backgrounds and their interests and their capabilities, that one of the most exciting things for me is showing up to class having read a case, I feel like I understand it completely, and then somebody just through their sort of different background than mine, they're diverse, you know, unique backgrounds, are able to have a perspective of it that I would never have considered on my own. And I find that true all over.
I've met people — so I'm in the part-time evening program — but I've met plenty of full-timers I've met you know, alum, all sorts of different people and... you know, having those conversations with them... That's, that's one of the pieces that I think is one of the most unique. Because you have everybody who's you know, primarily working full-time, they all have families, they all have other considerations that are going on, but they're coming in with all of this professional experience and this life experience that really drives the legal conversations more than I anticipated.