Matching your Major to Your Passion feat Amy Gilmore

This week on the #Passion2Action Podcast, we interviewed Amy Gilmore, Sophomore at Walsh University. Brianna and Joan met Amy this year at the Hesselbein Global Leadership Academy.

Meet Amy Gilmore, Sophomore at Walsh University and Global Hesselbein Leadership Academy Scholar.

What makes Amy unique is her ability to be true to herself and to follow her passions. As a triplet, and being the only girl, she grew up in a competitive environment. From a young age, she always thought that business was going to be the route that she wanted to go.

Amy ended up taking a philosophy class that inspired her tremendously. She discovered that she loved to debate and be caught in between right and wrong.

“I just love that. I could debate all day. I love the challenge of not knowing what was right and what was wrong. And I think that is so relevant to life. Sometimes you just don’t know what the best decision is. Philosophy really opened me up to that world and helped me work through problems. It really challenges my critical thinking skills.”

After a few more liberal arts classes, and a little less business, she discovered her passion for human rights, and decided to change her major from Business to Philosophy and Government.  It is now her mission to bring an end to genocide worldwide.

When it comes to discovering your passion, Amy advises:

It’s really important to find your own path. I think a lot of times,  it’s great to have people along your path that you look up to, and you see their job and think,“That is exactly what I want to do.” But then again it is also kind of dangerous to get stuck on a path. You think, “This person did A, B, and C, and they are where I want to be,” But that doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to do their A, B, and C. It’s a different route for everyone. If you would have told me that my path to human rights was through a philosophy class, I would have told you that you were crazy. Just be open to new experiences. Don’t be afraid to take the road less traveled. Take little deviations to explore what you are interested in along the way. You never know where it could lead to.

As you enter college, or graduate from college, whatever the life transition may be, it’s great to have a plan. But also be open an listen to yourself. Like Amy said, it is important to be open to new experiences and allow them to inspire and shape you. Dream BIG and follow your passions.

It’s important to dream big. When people tell you it’s crazy, or that it’s impossible, it’s not. All you have to do is look back in history to see that anybody can make a difference.

Listen to and be inspired by the full interview here!


#Passion2Action | ACTION ITEM: Future Press Release
Inspired by Amy’s ability to dream big, we challenge you to write a future press release about yourself. Think BIG. Write down events and lifetime accomplishments  that you want to happen in your future. Finishing law school, wining a nobel peace prize, received sky diving license, founder of a small business, published a book.… Similar to your vision board assignment that allows you to think big and stay positive about your life, your press release should have concrete and specific achievements on it.
Don’t be afraid to dream big. If you believe in yourself, anything is possible.