“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
We all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of each other with us. My family and loved ones taught me that I could do whatever I dreamed of, and this idea travels with me throughout my journeys. Indeed, I would never have even applied to Harvard, had they not always taught me to pursue my dreams, and instilled in me the belief that any challenges I might encounter are always surmountable.

I need only to look toward the next generation of my family and loved ones, to be reminded of what I want to do with my life. My hope, is that when our next generation (and the generations after that) begin to pursue their dreams, that the world they live in provides them even greater freedoms and opportunities than I had, particularly in terms of equality for women in the workplace.

While we do not yet live in a world of where women have equal status, opportunity and compensation in the workplace, with every generation we move closer towards this goal. I hope to be a part of this movement (even if it is a little step), so that one day, my future loved ones will discover that the only thing limiting their goals, is the limits of their own imagination.

— Julie Russell