This story was originally published in May 2017 in the second issue of Talisman magazine.
Katherine Van Order walked into a building at Ohio State University on a Tuesday morning in the middle of June 2014. It was the second day of summer classes, and she was in between her sophomore and junior years of college.
She reached her destination — a bland university classroom, where students sat behind tables directed toward the front. Van Order picked a seat, and introduction to criminal justice began.
In her two years at Ohio State, Van Order had declared five different majors. She didn’t know what she wanted to do with her life, she said. And, she didn’t know it yet, but as she sat in that lower-level criminal justice class that summer, one of a handful of women in the room, something would click.
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