Juliana Morgan-Trostle '12
What is your current job?
I am currently studying as a Fulbright Scholar in Argentina as part of the Seminar on Sexual and Reproductive Rights at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba and the Center for the Study of State and Society (CEDES) in Buenos Aires.
Why did you choose this profession?
After living in Argentina for a semester in high school and studying abroad in Buenos Aires during college, I wanted to return and continue the thesis research on same-sex marriage and abortion policy that I began as a junior at Haverford. I also wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to travel before eventually getting settled into a more permanent career.
What more do you wish to accomplish in your professional career?
I'm currently applying to law school, and hope to continue to advocate for international reproductive rights and justice.
Tell us about a decision or change you made that turned out to be a positive career move.
Between graduation from Haverford and my departure for Argentina, I applied for a position as a paralegal in the Family Law Unit at Philadelphia Legal Assistance (PLA). I was offered a position in the Consumer Housing Unit, an area I was not at all familiar with. I never thought I would need math again after freshman year calculus, but in my first week at PLA I found myself learning how to use an amortization calculator to assist low-income Philadelphians to prevent foreclosure. The job was challenging but extremely rewarding, and working at Philadelphia Legal Assistance helped solidify my desire to attend law school.
How has Haverford influenced your professional career?
I chose to attend Haverford in large part because of the tight-knit community it offered, and I've learned that the spirit of collaboration exists after graduation as well. As a tour guide and interviewer of prospective students in the Office of Admissions the summer after I graduated, I had the chance to meet Haverford alumni almost every day, and they were always happy to help me network and offer career advice. Although our alumni community is small, it's cohesive, and more experienced alumni go to great lengths to assist new graduates.