Name: Evie Engram
Major: Women's and Gender Studies and Communication
Graduation date: Spring 2017
Plans after Graduation:
My plans after graduating are currently unknown. I really enjoy working with people and doing the relational side of most tasks, so I am hoping to find a job that allows me to do that. I also hope to work for an organization or agency that is positively contributing to changing the culture of today’s society. Most importantly, I am hoping to find a job that challenges me.
Why did you choose to major in WGS:
Throughout my college experience, my WGS classes have continuously sharpened my critical thinking skills, broadened my intellectual perspective, and helped shape my perception of the world. I was raised my a strong feminist mother and having her as a role model allowed me to connect the concepts I’ve learned in the classroom to the ideals she implemented in raising me throughout my childhood. It only made sense to declare a minor in something I so genuinely enjoyed studying. Funnily enough, I learned at my most recent advising appointment that my WGS credits had far surpassed the requirements for the minor and that I was only one course away from a WGS major. As I approach my senior year, I only regret not enrolling in WGS courses sooner. I now aim to enroll in all of the fascinating electives offered despite no longer needing to do so to meet my credits, rather out of a sincere desire to learn as much as possible on these topics.
What do you like about majoring in WGS:
I enjoy majoring in WGS because I am constantly learning. Of course there are basic principals that I have understood from early on, but every class has expanded on more than just the basics. The passion that WGS courses give me also translates into my other classes. When my professors in other disciplines assign coursework with freedom, I find myself writing about and researching more of the issues I have learned about in my WGS classes. The topics are always fluid and applicable to a wide variety of academics and everyday life.
Why is WGS important to you:
Each WGS course I have taken has challenged me to ask hard questions about our culture. I have never experienced a WGS course in which someone did not feel comfortable explaining their opinion on a topic and the reasoning behind it. It is very unique to have a program that allows students to openly discuss what some might say are such controversial topics. In discussing these topics, students are challenged to form opinions based on a variety of perspectives rather than just accepting the most common ideologies. I have seen the transformation of thinking in my own academics as well as in my peers. I think it is highly important for all students to have these opportunities.
Posted on Thu, October 6, 2016
by WGS Undergraduate Research Assistant