By Vanessa Vătău
„Things that you are passionate about – they are not random, they are your calling”
I’ve always been put in that position where I had to explain to everybody why do I want to become a criminologist or a forensic pshychologist, or why do I find so attractive the Forensics or why I’m so fascinated about the crime scene investigations, ESPECIALLY, when I’m a fearful kind of person – “Vanessa, why this?”
At first, I had no idea how to explain this passion to another person and I panicked; I thought “Hm, is it possible that I do not actually know what those jobs are really about and there’s a possibility for me to change my mind? Why can’t I find my words?”
Later, after a few, but not enough years, of reading and studying the best books&authors this field has, searching and researching articles to discover different ways of thinking, watching complex documentaries, seeing cases everywhere trying to solve them in my head, writing my perspectives and commenting paragraphs I found online, I understood that between a career that implicates having certain qualities, and my way of being, there’s no big difference. And as we all know, you don’t have to explain yourself to others. Therefore, neither your career callings.
As for the part where I am a fearful person…If in a job interview that question will come: “Why do I hire someone like you – who has lots of phobias and scares easy, when this job requires lots of “hard to see” scenes”? The answer?
The ideal candidate is the one with ambition and desire, no matter how hard his way is. And despite those fears and those questions to which I did not find an answer yet, I still wish so so bad to succeed. Maybe those fears are my motivation.
So what am I saying? As cliché as it sounds, you must listen to your heart, your thoughts and your feelings because..in fact..it is about you, right? Your life. That’s why you are here. And it’s ok if you don’t have everything figure it out. Who has?
Forget about those who mock you, who can’t understand your directions, don’t let them get in your head. Let them be another reason why you have to succeed – and also, find what motivates you! Because there will be times when everything will be against you, your path isn’t going to be straight, you will have ups and downs. That is when you will learn how to overcame your emotions and also.. when you’ll understand that fear may or may not disappear, but the fire of your passion will always be bigger!
Now, towards this field – Forensics – In my paper license I had the opportunity to put those words I once couldn’t find, into writing. And I’d like to share it with you.
You see..everybody seems to think that law is made in court.. And don’t get me wrong. I do not want to offense someone in the law aria. Everybody has it’s own important role, both in court and the criminal trial. What almost nobody thinks, is that everything STARTS at the crime scene. Why? Because the crime of a scene has so many things to tell you and it’s the most objective perspective you’re going to receive; the suspect (or the defendant), the plaintiff (or the victim) as well as the witnesses, even involuntary, they can’t be fully objective. Everything is run through the filter of their own memory, they can miss details they don’t know how important are for the case, or their way of telling the story can be misleading. What offers a crime scene? Evidence. What are those evidence? Forensic traces. These serve their purpose even when they are incomplete or they’re missing, because “those unseen can be seen through those which can be seen” – Anaxagora. But the most important fact is that the crime scene has the best acknowledge of the felon. It’s his signature. Now.. of course the essence of the scene lies in the eyes of the spectator!
Have you figured out my answer? I’ll give you a hand. Who has the most access to those evidence and who’s the first person who arrives at a crime scene and has contact with it? Yep, you got it. The criminologist. Only later, the lawyer, the prosecutor, the judge and their own roles come to the surface. But at the trial, they debate and joggle with those evidence!
So.. this is a very short part of my thoughts, for now :D.
Don’t forget. What are those things you are passionate about?
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