My road in life has been direct.
She was told all her life that she should be a psychiatrist; her mom didn't get to go to medical school, so she wanted her daughter to go.
After college, Lynn decided she wanted to pursue a Ph.D. rather than an M.D., and she ironically had to "break" that news to her mom.
She knew she was disappointing her mother, but it felt empowering to finally take control of her own destiny.
At the beginning of her studies, she was interested in consumerism; says, "I was talking about importance of having a choice of toothpastes."
A professor pointed out that while she was talking about mundane choices, people were starving; she had an epiphany, and everything fell into place.
She's taught gender studies classes for 25 years; says her work can be "ugly" at times, but she feels strongly and deeply about it.
She taught her first class as part of her postgraduate school coursework; at first, she was absolutely terrified.
After her midterm evaluations revealed that her students actually loved her class, she decided to stick with teaching.