Vanessa Chorush, a public relations senior and Intellectual Entrepreneurship Pre-Grad intern, comes from a long line of Longhorns. Although she had her pick of universities, she knew UT Austin was the best fit. After graduation, she’s setting her sights on law school and ultimately working in a fulfilling career that will allow her to make positive changes in society.
Unexpected friendships…During her junior year, Chorush was assigned to work with a random group of students on a semester-long marketing campaign for her media class. Little did she know at the time, that group project would result in a stellar product and long-lasting friendships. “These people are some of the best friends that I have made while in college, and I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to work with them and learn from them. They helped me to not only get through an extremely taxing course, but to truly enjoy the experience.”
The road to law school… Chorush always knew she wanted to study law, but needed insight on how to get into law school. As an IE Pre-Grad intern, she worked closely with a UT law student who helped her prepare for the daunting application process. “The guidance that I received undoubtedly impacted the way that I approached the LSAT, applications, and now admissions. IE was a valuable experience that I am extremely grateful for.”
Making an impact… “I have been interested in a legal career since I can remember. My father is an attorney and I have always idolized him and wanted to follow in his footsteps. I am fascinated by how the law is entrenched in every aspect of life and how impactful it can be. It is amazing how in one aspect, the law represents change and social progress, but at the same time, it serves as a foundation of structure and continuity. Over the years, I have found that I am passionate about many causes (animal welfare, consumer protection, etc.) and that the law provides a mechanism through which I can effectively make an impact.”
Lessons learned…When picking a major, Chorush advises students to reassess their future goals, and to also keep in mind that their major will not limit them to a specific career. “It is important that these students check in with themselves periodically to determine what their goals are and if the steps they are taking will help them get there. This is why I think programs such as IE are so great – they afford students the opportunity to truly explore their interests and develop a plan for bringing them to fruition. Incoming students should know that this is their education and that they have the power to maximize its value.”