What are you up to these days?
I will be going to Law School in the Fall at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champagne.
What do you think you will like most about law school?
The intellectual challenge. It’ll be hard and I think I’ll like that.
What do you think you will like least?
The same! (laughs) The stress, probably.
How do you feel Philosophy has prepared you for law school?
Philosophy teaches you how to think, not what to think. You learn how to analyze problems and arguments. Philosophy classes were challenging and many are directly applicable to law, like Philosophy of Law, Symbolic Logic, Social and Political Theory.
Do you think philosophy has prepared you better than other majors might have?
Where other majors will help you with individual subjects in law, philosophy gives you a foundation that will help with subjects from across the whole spectrum of law.
When did you graduate WVU and with what Degrees (if more than one, or minors)?
I graduated in May 2006 with a BA in Philosophy and a BA in Political Science, and a minor in French.
What attracted you to Philosophy/Why did you choose to major in Philosophy?
I took my first philosophy class with Dr. Hinton, through PoliSci, and after taking more philosophy classes, I was hooked!
What advice would you give to an up and coming student considering majoring in Philosophy?
“Do it!” then I’d list all the reasons why. I’d ask about their career goals and show them how philosophy will be applicable no matter what.
What would you say to someone who was worried about the job prospects of Philosophy majors?
Philosophy is great for many careers. Anywhere you look in the job market, employers want people who can think, write, and argue.
Do you consider yourself a philosopher?
Not in the scholarly sense. I’m no Socrates, but I do use “everyday” philosophy. For example, I was helping a friend with relationship problems and made up a modified version of Pascal’s Wager to help her think about the situation (not that I told her it was Pascal’s Wager).
What is the number one thing you learned from your experiences as an undergraduate Philosophy major at WVU?
If P, then Q. P. ? Q! Just kidding. I’d say it was to Ask Questions; don’t be afraid to challenge ideas.
What are your current hobbies/interests?
Theatre, Music, Dance, Foreign Languages, Sports
Anything else you would like to say?
Even if you only take 2 or 3 philosophy classes, you’re part of the Philosophy gang. You’ll know the people in your classes and your professors. You’ll never be taught by a TA here, but instead by high quality professors that care.