Student of the Week!

Natasha Sutliff!!

Hometown: Grand Island, NE

Major/Minor: Gender Studies and Psychology Major

Why did you choose Gender Studies?: Gender Studies helped answer a lot of questions for me.  In high school, I always had that rage to say something when someone would make a sexist, or disempowering comment.  Now, no one can say anything around me without me saying something back 🙂
What is one of your favorite Gender Studies moments?: I loved our Feminist Ryan Gosling moments in Feminist Theories!  And forming close relationships with my fellow feminist research buds 🙂

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned from Gender Studies classes at NWU?:  The relevancy of Gender Studies.  Gender Studies, being an interdisciplinary major, requires you to take many classes with students that are not necessarily familiar with gender studies and its purpose and sometimes you just want to say, “are you kidding me?”  But it demonstrates how necessary courses in Gender Studies are.

Also, to always challenge your own beliefs.  Learning different perspectives from students and theorists help define what I believe; whether it changes what I originally thought or helps current perceptions become more concrete.
What are your plans following graduation?:  In February, I decided to take a nanny job over the summer so that I didn’t have to worry about the application and interview process during the academic year.  I feel it was the smartest move for me.  Although, it will be difficult to talk about the presidential campaign to a 4 and 1 year old.  In the long run, I want to eventually find something in victim assistance or possibly forensic psychology.

Favorite activity outside of school?:

Other interesting facts about you: I have two, long-haired chihuahuas, Roxy and Delilah that I absolutely love to spend time with!  I love TV shows!  My boyfriend and I often spend all day getting into a new one at least once out of the month. [Yay for Netflix!]  I also love catching up with all my family and friends on Facebook.  And grabbing drinks with my friends has definitely been necessary lately as a good stress reliever 🙂

Yay for feminism!!!

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Student of the Week!

Mallorie Wickizer! Image

Hometown: Lincoln, NE. Grew up in Valparaiso, NE

Major/Minor: Psychology and Gender studies majors

Why did you choose Gender Studies?: Because it is interesting and relevant in any line of work I might enter. I was so happy to know there is scholastic evidence to support to my opinions and beliefs.

What is one of your favorite Gender Studies moments?: Well, I really enjoyed Dr. McClain’s “sexy asshole” rants about Edward when we read Twilight in Masterpieces of Lit: Sexualities. But I also laughed really hard when Lisa (Wilkinson)  asked a student whether he remembered having the Oedipus complex. There are too many funny stories to choose a favorite.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned from Gender Studies classes at NWU?: Well, I think what I appreciate most about Gender Studies is that it encompasses a variety of classes and applies to every day situations.So I find it interesting to learn about things that I can apply outside of class.

What are your plans following graduation?: I will be taking a year off to work and pay off some loans and apply to graduate school.

Favorite activity outside of school?:

Other interesting facts about you: I like reading for fun, as well as watching: The Big Bang Theory, The Office, Parks and Rec, Last Man Standing. I love scary movies. Also love being outside!

Gender Studies Student of the Week!

Ashley Ermer!

Hometown: York, NE

Major/Minor: Psychology and Gender Studies Majors

Why did you choose Gender Studies?:  My high school participated in an Advanced Scholars online course program for college credit through UNL. I didn’t know what class to take and a course entitled Women in Contemporary Society popped out at me. Although I didn’t know at the time, this course truly shaped my outlook on life. Five years and a strong feminist attitude later I am graduating with a degree in Gender Studies!

What is one of your favorite Gender Studies moments?: In Communication and Gender, maybe three or four individuals raised their hands and the beginning of the semester to indicate that they identified as feminists. By the end of the semester, almost the entire class raised their hands. This was such a great moment, as it showed that a lot of people are ‘closet’ feminists and do not really understand the true meaning of the ‘F’ word until one understands the full context of feminism and that it really is not such a frightening concept.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned from Gender Studies classes at NWU?: Until I came to college, I had no idea about the ‘gender’ continuum. I think everyone should learn about this continuum as not everyone identifies as entirely male or entirely female but perhaps somewhere between or somewhere not even on the continuum! It appears as such a simple concept now, but at the time it was mind blowing!

What are your plans following graduation?: Next fall, I will attend graduate school at the University of Missouri-Columbia in Human Environmental Sciences with an emphasis in Family Studies. My program requires a collateral area, so I’ll likely go the Women’s and Gender Studies route for that!

Favorite activity outside of school?: Being outside or running.

Other interesting facts about you: I can turn my right foot completely backwards and I strongly dislike cheese.