Eagles in the Spotlight

Anne-Marie M. '09

ISZL graduate Anne-Marie M. shares her plans after receiving degrees in European Law, Forensic Psychology and Criminology from Maastricht University, The Netherlands. She also shares some of her favourite moments while attending ISZL and insight to pursuing your dreams. 

What have you done since graduating? University? Worked? Volunteered? Travelled? All the above?
I’ve pretty much done all of the above except volunteering (I now feel like a horrible person!).
My main focus is still my studies. I have since completed my Bachelor in European Law and have now moved on to a Master’s in Criminology and Forensic Psychology. I have also worked as a mediator in a dispute between the Province’s Police force, Municipality and Public Prosecutor’s Office for 6 months as an internship and work as an English tutor for local middle and high school kids.

When it comes to travelling, my main path mainly leads me back home to Switzerland, but I have also been able to fulfill a lifelong dream by travelling to South Africa with my family and driving along the coast for a month. It’s a gorgeous country and I loved every moment of it. So needless to say, I’ve kept busy.

What is a life long dream that you have? 
I have been lucky enough to be able to fulfill quite a lot of my dreams already, like travelling to South Africa or getting my Open Water Diver’s license. One of the ones that I have left is the dream to one day be able to work for the United Nations.

What do you plan to do after you graduate from university?
I don’t really have a ‘plan’ as such, but I am aiming for a job in the Criminology section of the Police force or at the Public Prosecution Office. Whether or not that particular plan will indeed work out remains to be seen, but I am not too worried about it at the moment. Finishing my Master’s degree is my current priority.

Tell us a story from your time at ISZL. It could be funny, touching, memorable or inspiring. 
There are so many good memories from my time at ISZL, it’s hard to pick just one.
However some of my favorite memories are from my time in Mr. Smith’s choir. I always enjoyed the practices in the Gym on Thursday afternoons as well as the Christmas concerts in the Chapel at the Baar Campus. I still have many of the songs we sang on my iPod to this day (though they are sung by the original artists).
Share a favorite quote and why you like it/what it means to you. 
“Pursue what you want, and ability will follow.”

I happened to stumble across this quote during one of my Internet procrastination sessions (admit it, we all procrastinate!) and to me, it hits the nail on the head. The transition from high school to law school had quite a few rough patches for me, and I struggled to get to grips with the examination style of the University as well as the type of literature I was given (legalese…ugh). This eventually led even some of the advisors to doubt whether I was suitable for Law and they advised me to quit and start a different program at another faculty. Stubborn as I am, added to the fact that I have wanted to study law since I was a little girl, I refused to take their advice and struggled on. After a year or so, I noticed that things were getting easier and more logical, and that my skills were adapting. I became so efficient that I was chosen to settle a dispute between the Police, Municipality and Public Prosecutor’s Office. When I began, I can honestly say I had no idea what I was doing, but during those 6 months I became more confident and managed to come up with solutions that satisfied all parties.

We are not born as all-capable beings, we learn the skills we need by doing. Why not learn those by doing what we want most?


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