Thanks to AAUW Fellow and Grant Recipient AlumnaeMay 19, 2010
In June 2008, I left my teaching position in Brazil to pursue a master’s degree in communications at American University. I approached my return to school with apprehension since six years had passed since I said goodbye to writing papers and listening to lectures.
The summer before I started the master’s program, I had already begun reaching out to AAUW fellows and grant recipient alumnae through the “Following the Fellows” blog series. It was comforting to hear their stories, especially those who had made decisions to go back to school after many life experiences.
Over the past year and a half, I coupled hours of research and attending classes with reaching out to AAUW alumnae and hearing their stories. Along the way I’ve met accomplished women in fields ranging from paleontology to human rights law and from ethnomusicology to neuroscience.
Bolstered by more than 100 success stories, I am now looking ahead to my next step and saying goodbye to my internship at AAUW. I have accepted an offer with a local charter school for adult immigrants in the Washington, D.C., area. As a career specialist in the workforce training department, I will be playing a new role with a different population. The common thread is that these students also understand the power of education to change lives for the better.
Here at AAUW, I hope that the alumnae initiative continues to grow as more and more AAUW alumnae discover the value of being connected with the talent, dedication, and intelligence possessed by the more than 10,000 women from 130 countries who have earned AAUW fellowships and grants over the years.
As a parting thought, I’d like to leave you all with some of the words of wisdom that have motivated me through the completion of my graduate degree.
Know that higher education can be attained. Sometimes the biggest obstacle to overcome is self-doubt. —Jill Deiss
Thank your role models and those who have contributed to your successes. —Freda Bredy
Be ready to do things you would never expect. —Margaret Mary Lane
Be open to criticism. We can’t learn without critique. —Diane Favro
Find your passion, and put all your energy into it. —Cynthia Moss
AAUW thanks Mandy for all her fabulous work over the past two years, and we wish her the very best in her new endeavors. She will be sorely missed!
We will continue to feature stories of outstanding alumnae here on AAUW Dialog, so please stay tuned.