In the traditional kickoff of the Brenau Women’s College academic year, one of the region’s foremost forensic interviewers, Dr. Julie Battle, told students that going to college will not automatically prepare them for life or careers.
“You can’t do a Google search to find your passion,” said the chair of Brenau’s psychology department at the 2015 Fall Formal Convocation earlier this week. “You just have to figure it out on your own. It’s not a straight line and, often, it’s not something that can be done quickly.”
Battle is often called upon to work with child victims of crimes and testify as an expert witness in criminal court cases. For example, she worked with the four-year-old victim of a highly publicized case in Hall County, Georgia, in early 2015 in which two people received life sentences in a child sex trafficking case.
To find her own life’s calling, Battle told the Class of 2019 she had to go through quite a bit of trial and error. She initially thought her passion was working with substance abuse patients, but after a brief stint working at a treatment center, she realized that line of work was not for her. Later, she took a research assistant position on a project involving child victims of violent crimes. Although she took the job just to pay her rent, she soon found herself becoming deeply invested in the work.
Success, Battle said, does not mean dollar signs or prestige. Instead, she said it means being able to believe in a calling higher than one’s self and never feeling hesitant to do the right thing in tough situations.
“Regardless of where you end up in life, what job you have or how much money you make,” she said, “if you are bold, if you write your own narrative and you find your passion, you will be successful.”
To hear Battle’s speech in its entirety, visit https://soundcloud.com/brenauuniversity/julie-battle-2015-fall-convocation-20150825.
For a full write-up of the event visit http://www.brenau.edu/news/womens-college-students-learn-that-in-finding-lifes-passions-theres-no-app-for-that.