Maybe I’m never supposed to admit this in public, but here goes:
When I was in high school, there was a soap opera called Ryan’s Hope. And on that soap opera was a beautiful, smart, tough, sexy, overdramatic character that a LOT of things happened to, because it was a soap opera, and she had awesome hair and she was beautiful and smart and she was a lawyer.
I went to college and majored in English. Then Philosophy, then Management Information Systems (the old-fashioned name for Computer Science), then Secondary Education, then Elementary Education, back to English, then Accounting very briefly (it was close to my senior year, and I knew very soon I’d have to support myself and needed a practical degree), then back to English (because forget being practical, this is ME! I love books! I might be an English professor! Shut up! I just want to read!), and by then I just needed to graduate, so I stuck with English.
And because I still needed to support myself, I thought what the hey, let’s take the LSAT (the admissions test for law school) just for fun, and then I scored really high, and my course was set.
But really it was because of that character on Ryan’s Hope. She made it all seem so cool and glamorous. I’m really impressionable that way.
And now today I saw this. And I’m telling you, if I’d seen that back when I was in high school or college, there’s no doubt in my mind I still would have become a lawyer. Because Amy Poehler nails it:
And also this: