We’re proud of all our graduates, and their many varied accomplishments, but please allow us to introduce just one (for now). Meet Emily Roberts…
Emily is originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee. She graduated from ETSU in 2011, with a degree in philosophy. A few years later she graduated from American University Washington College of Law and is now a staff attorney at the New Hampshire Public Defender.
Emily, are you glad you majored in philosophy?
Very glad. It prepared me well for law school with the ability to read complex material and write about it. It's also an awesome conversation piece. I love replying the common question of "what did you major in?" with "philosophy!"
Would you say that you’re satisfied with your work?
How do you think the skills you developed through philosophy are relevant to your current job?
I have to read a lot. Most of what I read is police reports and occasionally legal cases. I also developed the skill to look at a situation from multiple angles or points of view which is helpful when assessing a case's strengths and weaknesses.
Finally, how has philosophy enhanced your life outside work?
The philosophy students were awesome. I still miss the group of people who were always up to talk about something other than the Kardashians (don't get me wrong, I Keep Up With Them...). But having a solid group of people made me know what I want out of a group of friends. So, philosophy had given me an avenue to search for people who are willing to engage... Not necessarily agree but just engage about anything. While it's hard to find that it's nice to know what I'm looking for.
Thanks for your time Emily and don’t forget to pay us a visit next time you’re in town.