I was a awarded a scholarship by AAUW-Greensboro to attend the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders hosted in Maryland in the Summer of 2016. Firstly, I would love to thank AAUW-Greensboro for this great opportunity. I was able to network with amazing women from all walks of life. I have attended many conferences before, but NCCWSL was different from any other conference I have attended in the past. This conference was intended for women to gain leadership skills and learn who they are as a leader and how to take the next steps to help others and help themselves achieve their goals, whatever they may be. I met women my age who are aspiring politicians who will fight for equality for all, I met future health care providers, future lawyers who have a burning passion to be the voice for their future clients, and just about any other aspiration. These women gave me so much hope for the future of our country, and for our world.
The guest speakers were inspiring, and they sparked a new flame in everyone’s heart. They also fueled the already burning passion in everyone’s heart to continue working hard to accomplish their goals, and the speakers reminded us that there will always be barriers to jump over, but we can overcome them. We should never give up hope and we should always pursue our dreams and make them into realities.
With that being said, I was honored to meet Nancy Grace Roman. She was the first chief of astronomy in the Office of Space Science at NASA and was the first woman to hold an executive position at NASA. She was often told by many that she could not accomplish her dreams or that she shouldn’t pursue a career in science simply because she is a woman. Yet here she is, successful and happy as ever, knowing she went above and beyond while pursuing her goals. She is known as the “Mother of Hubble” because she continuously pushed for the Hubble Space Telescope to become a reality.
In return for the scholarship, I had to speak at one of the AAUW-Greensboro meetings to talk about my wonderful experiences at NCCWSL. I also have to complete a project that will contribute to the feminist works of my proceeders and the AAUW members. I plan on expanding the feminist club, Feminist Activists for Change in Today’s Society (FACTS), that was started on HPU’s campus last year. I want to bring in a new element to the club. I want to reach out to high schools in High Point and host workshops that help young girls find their passion and give them the tools they need to succeed in pursuing their goals.