Three years ago, my adviser laughed at me because I told her my career plan was to become a librarian. That reaction fueled a two-year animosity between us. She retired in the fall, so my new adviser is the chair of the Political Science department.
I didn’t have any expectations for him. At this point, I am on track to graduate spring 2012 and squeeze in an internship as well. We had to have a sit-down meeting for registration clearance though. He was pleased with my registration plan, and asked me the same question my previous adviser asked two years ago…
“So…what do you want to do with a Political Science, Pre-Law degree”
“I want to be a librarian.”
To my surprise, he did not laugh. In fact, he told me that TWO other Poli-Sci major from our department had gone on to library science (that he knew of). TWO! In your FACE, McQ!
A wave of relief washed over me. Political science and library science actually overlap (At least in the realm of public librarianship…) and I thought it was strange how law school was so expected of us. The opinions of my adviser or other professors didn’t matter to me on this subject before though. Frankly, I am going to what I want to do and they can deal with it or not.
It was nice to hear encouraging words though.