Schreyer for women was founded last year when a lot of seniors in the Honors College wanted to start a professional organization for women empowerment. They wanted it to support women in all fields – from business to engineering. My friends and I started the club this year, and I’m currently the director of career development. In the club, we work on a lot of growth and are involved a lot in the community.
Why do you think your organization is important and meaningful on campus?
I think it’s important because it’s a chance for girls to come together and connect with each other – it’s like having a really empowering friend group. I think some girls struggle to find that kind of community, and we want to provide that for some girls. We also act as an alternative for girls who don’t want to be involved in a sorority.
How did you decide to take on your role as Director of Career Development for Schreyer for Women?
Last year, after the seniors came up with the idea, I decided I wanted to have an active role in launching this club. I decided to apply for the position, and I got it. Now, I do a lot of work trying to help women improve their career development.
How does your work with Schreyer for Women give you the opportunity to use your gifts and passions?
I think working with these women have really strengthened my confidence. I was always a really confident person, because I went to an all-girls high school. However, coming to college I found that a lot of girls aren’t like me. I strived to help girls escape from the idea that women have to do anything for their parents or for their boyfriends – I want girls to be able to do something for themselves because they want to do it. I’m really passionate about that. This club has allowed me to pursue that passion and has strengthened my gift of confidence.
Why do you think your organization makes a difference in this world?
I’ve realized more and more as I’ve gotten older that it’s not the big gestures that make a difference in this world, but the little ones. The micro moments, the little decisions you make – that’s what changes the world. When you make a decision to help other people, that’s what makes a difference. And that’s what Schreyer for Women is all about. Women helping each other out – that’s what’s going to make a difference.
Anything to say for students who might want to join this club?
If you’re thinking about joining – please do! It’s a non-traditional club and we really care about our members having great experiences. It’s called Schreyer for Women, but it’s open to men, too! We have meetings every Monday at 8:00 in C9 Atherton Hall.