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Why Rachel Thompson Chose Capital

4/21/2020  - 

As a young child, Rachel Thompson, L’21, was exposed to one recurring theme: helping people. She grew up watching her educator parents cultivate new generations of students again and again. When she imagined herself as an adult, she saw herself in the same profession. As she grew and noticed the world growing and changing around her, Rachel began to question if teaching was the best way that she could help others.

After graduating from Lincoln High School in Gahanna, Ohio, she began her undergraduate career at The Ohio State University graduating cum laude with a degree in criminology and a minor in psychology.

Rachel then took a gap year, substitute teaching in Pickerington, Ohio. “This gap year was a pivotal time in my life,” she says. “During this time, I evaluated my career choices, trying to decide between education and law. As a substitute teacher, I saw what students today experience. Schools today are too focused on testing. This knowledge helped me decide what I wanted to do.”

She chose Capital University Law School after attending its admitted students weekend where she met students, faculty and staff. They all convinced her Capital was the right choice.

Rachel says her favorite aspect of CapLaw is the support she receives. “I know if I am struggling to grasp a concept or even dealing with something entirely unrelated to school, I can always ask my professors for help,” she says. “I know my professors truly want me to succeed in school and in life.”

Her favorite class is civil procedure: rules. “Professor Gilles is one of my favorite professors at Capital,” Rachel says, “She has a way of making the material more understandable and relatable to real life.”

Rachel’s area of interest is public policy and politics. Her concentration is regulatory law. After graduating from Capital, she hopes to influence and write public policy. She wants to focus on educational and LQBTQIA+ policy, and, specifically, where the two intersect.

Rachel knows that, although law school is one of the most important things she will do, other aspects of life are also important. She takes time away from school for self-care, often exploring Columbus with her friends.

She has one piece of advice to offer incoming students: “Don’t hold in your feelings, if you need to talk, talk. If you need someone to listen, come find me. I am always happy to listen.”

For additional "My Decision" articles, see Why I Chose Capital.