By Sarah Pride
Patrick Henry College
After a year working at Patrick Henry College as an admissions counselor, 2007 grad Lindsay See faced a difficult decision—should she accept a law school offer from the University of Virginia, the University of Michigan, Georgetown, or Harvard? For many people the choice between such prestigious universities would be delightful, a bragging point, but See, a Government: Political Theory major, shared the news only cautiously. She wanted to weigh all the options, and, more specifically, she wanted to seek God’s will. She finally picked Harvard University, and will this fall become PHC’s second alum to walk those well-respected halls, following Matthew du Meé (PHC class of 2005).
At first, See was not sure Harvard would accept her, even with the innumerable ways she distinguished herself academically and through public speaking at Patrick Henry. While serving on staff this last year after graduation, for example, she also coached a section of the PHC moot court team. As a student, she had won first place speaker at moot court Nationals for two years. During her junior year she had captained the National Educational Debate Association (NEDA) team. She followed that up her senior year by coaching the Parliamentary Debate team. Even so, See remained skeptical of her chances, to the point that she did not even allow herself think about Harvard until she received her acceptance letter.
“When I did get in and started learning more, I became really excited about Harvard,” she recalls.
See doesn’t yet have solid plans for a post-Harvard career focus, although she has a current interest in both international and family law. Specifically, she is concerned with laws surrounding the issue of child abuse.
“There are times we need to protect children, but often the way to do that is to protect the entire family,” she says.
This area drew her attention while she was working at summer camps both at PHC and back home in Michigan. Once she had to call social services for a situation at a Michigan camp. She relates that she “felt really helpless that there weren’t more options” than calling an impersonal institution for handling such issues.
“Also,” she frowns, “I learned how complicated the system is. It’s not really a black and white area where legislators can pass a law and make it instantly all better.”
See feels that her Patrick Henry College education has helped give her a “whole picture of reality, one that doesn’t reduce the world to only politics or only a legal situation.” This includes the integrated community of government, churches, families, and politics, she adds. “Everything is more complicated than it looks on the surface; everything is interconnected. A lawyer’s job really does impact the greater world.”
See, whose personal hero is Amy Carmichael -- an early 20th Century missionary to India – is quick to point out that this next step of her life isn’t just about going to Harvard, but is also about service.
“[Carmichael] was able to step in and revitalize Indian society,” explains See. “She had the political know-how, and the courage to stand up to powerful leaders. Also, she was personally committed to service. She brought people in to found orphanages and many other institutions.”
See herself has already established a reputation of service at Patrick Henry in her own area of expertise— articulating Christian values and scriptural truth through championship-caliber public oratory. Few who know her would doubt that, while at Harvard and in whatever calling she pursues, See will continue building on this substantial foundation to advance God’s kingdom.