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Lindsay Zerfas

Lindsay Zerfas

BA Student Religion & Philosophy

 I added religion as a second major because I know it will make me a better human rights attorney. 

 I have always had a fascination with the way religion has shaped our people, our history, and our world.  When I arrived at Syracuse, I chose to take a course on Buddhism because it was something I knew nothing about, and I figured if not now, then when? One class and I was hooked.  I took more Religion courses in my sophomore year, and kept learning about different religions around the world and the way that religion has influenced our history.  I continue to be fascinated with the little ways that religion shapes policy, culture, and individuals worldwide.  I’ve been planning on being an attorney since I was in high school, but it wasn’t until Fall 2016 that I decided what kind of law I want to practice: human rights.  At the time that I decided this, I was a Philosophy major with minors in Religion and Political Science. Realizing my calling, I came to understand that making Religion a second major would be something of great joy in my studies. It would also make me a much better international human rights attorney.  The academic study of Religion gives me a better understanding of the way the world works, which is actually applicable to any field.  I plan to use my studies in Religion throughout the rest of my career and life, personally and professionally.