rachel jeantel huffpost live*During an interview last week, Rachel Jeantel revealed on “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show” that after her experience with the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman trial, and having to serve as a witness, she was inspired to pursue a law career.

She said the not guilty verdict truly surprised her.

“And after the verdict justice did not serve,” Jeantel said. “…I worked so hard and [was] so focused to this case and this happened and I was upset, so. It’s what it is. So I got to still keep fighting for justice for Trayvon.”

Jeantel shared that Trayvon was not the young thug that conservative media made him out to be. “He was a family guy,” Jeantel said. “A family guy…loving person, a good friend. And just somebody to talk to when you need help.”

Here is more from the Rickey Smiley Morning Show:

Ebony Steele: So Rachel, of course the past year and a half of your life has been a whirlwind. You have not yet completed high school but you want to do that so that you can go to college, correct?

RJ: Yes, I am.

ES: And what do you want to major in?

RJ: Law enforcement. Or I’ve been thinking about an attorney, becoming an attorney. You never know.

RS: I’m sure this case right here is definitely an inspiration. You know?

ES: Right.

Smiley told Jeantel that he would pay for her books during her first semester of college. “We don’t have Tom Joyner money, but we’ll get them books for you though,” he said. She has not finished high school yet, but plans on earning her diploma eventually.

And, in typical Rickey Smiley fashion, he told Jeantel he would give her something else to help her during her first semester. “And we’re going to take you to Target to get you, you know, drawers, deodorant, shampoo,” he said.