I was in Atlanta when Lilybelle called to say she was going to cancel the meeting. She was a sophomore at UMD. I knew she was scheduled to meet with a graduate admissions counselor for an MD/PhD program. It seemed a good fit for her. Since her elementary school days she had a way with numbers and science. In high school because of her precision and steady hands her classmates made her cut their pigs for dissection. Squeamish she is not. By the time she was a high school senior she was littered with recruitment mail for pre-med programs.
Celebration applause after Romane Paul sang, a cappella, Lift Every Voice and Sing
When she called me, she said, ‘I was on my way to the appointment and it hit me, this is not for me.’ In this case proficiency for the subject and desire to pursue it did not go together. Though her advisor in college made a strong case for pursuing a PhD in Economics, it was her time at Google that crystallized law as her choice for a career.
Last Monday, Lilybelle graduated from Columbia Law School with a J.D. degree. As her mother I am so happy for her. Happy she knew her mind. Happy she followed through its guidance. Happy she knows the satisfaction that comes from a goal achieved. Was it Easy? No. Worth It? Absolutely Yes! Most of all I’m happy that she knows with God all things are Possible.
Dean Gillian Lester conferring degree to Lilybelle. Lilybelle and her good friend Kendall Wells Celebration Brunch w/ Lilybelle and friends and family at Laduree SoHo