Dr. Jin recently interviewed one of our alumni, Kara Brasovan. Kara has taken an interesting and exciting career path, enrolling in Law School after her time in the department. It’s important to recognize there are many paths we can take in our careers, and a chemistry major doesn’t limit you to a “standard” chemistry profession.
Here are a few key points from their discussions:
1. What do you suggest to new students and current students in order to help them benefit as much as possible from DePaul and their department?
As young adults, we are trying to create a path to succeed in life and we are still trying to figure out who we are. Choosing the right major and career for ourselves is a difficult task. I felt that the professors I grew close with were able to see that path and realize who I was before I did. They were then able to help me find myself, choose my major and apply to law school. DePaul faculty dedicate themselves to knowing their students.
To any new and current students, I suggest to get to know your professors, listen to their suggestions and really take to heart what they have to say. If you really enjoy a topic or a professor, you should be proactive. Ask to do research in the department, go to office hours to discuss topics of interest or just make general appointments and meetings to discuss life. Utilize the best resources you are given at a small department- the professors who know you and see you every day.
I changed my major 3 or 4 times before I finally decided on Chemistry. I had no idea what career I really wanted. I felt the advice I was given by the professors who watched my grow throughout my college career was the most beneficial.
2. What was the value of your DePaul education that you used towards your future career in law?
Law school is not the typical choice for a chemistry major. Freshman me would have died at the thought of reading hundreds of pages a week. I realized very quickly into my first year as a law student how valuable my undergraduate education was. Research is a major component of a chemistry degree. We had weekly lab reports, papers and entire classes based on analyzing journal articles. I found that those research and analytical skills were very beneficial to my law school career.
I also took initiative to get to know my law professors. Like the faculty at DePaul, I found that my law professors are just as eager to talk with you about life and help you find your ideal practice area. I am really grateful DePaul taught me that professors are the biggest resource you get out of an education.
3. What aspect of your DePaul education was most beneficial to you?
I loved the small class sizes. I do not think that every student understands how much the faculty cares about their students. Professors are aware when their students have a bad day or a bad exam and are very understanding when students have questions. I found that my professors were always willing to talk, even when they were not holding office hours. Getting to know my professors was the most beneficial part of my education.
In addition to making an active effort to chat with my, I worked for the Chemistry Department. Working while in school made carving out time to study a lot easier. I quickly developed time management skills. Working helped me not only prioritize my homework and assignments better but also made me appreciate the faculty more. I would see my professors during all hours of the day assisting students, checking in on labs and chatting with students.