Current Student Profiles

 

Gender Studies would like to introduce...

Brook Collins

Collins-Brooke WEB 6Major / Minor: Psychology / Gender Studies

Why did you choose a Gender Studies minor?
I chose Gender Studies as my minor after I took WST 150 - Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies. The class was very interesting and thought provoking, and I wanted to learn more about the different theories that we touched on in this class. I also thought that it would be a great extension of my psychology major to help me understand how people become who they are.

What is the coolest thing about the Gender Studies program?
I think that the coolest thing about the Gender Studies program is how much fun the classes are. You do all kinds of different projects and research topics that are very controversial. The fact that we are able to learn about these things in a comfortable learning environment makes it so much more effective.

Are you currently working on a research project? What are your current research interests?
I am not currently working on a research project. However, I am really interested in both sexuality studies and the theory of intersectionality.

What do you believe are the top reasons why students should consider a Gender Studies minor?
I think it is very important for students to learn about how people become who they are. Gender Studies opens up people’s minds to issues they may have never thought of before. It covers many different perspectives and gets people out of their comfort zone, building open-mindedness and challenging what students think they already know. In this way, the program is really good at breakings stereotypes by bringing to light how they are created and giving students new insights into the lives different groups of people.

What website(s) would you recommend to a friend interested in Gender Studies?
I think that if one is really interested in learning about the Gender Studies program, look specifically at the UW – Superior website about the program.

Please share an undergraduate achievement of yours.
I just completed a project in my Philosophy of Love and Sex class (a Gender Studies elective requirement) where I had to present on a topic for a little over a half an hour. I successfully lead the class discussion by asking questions that provoked constructive conversation. I had so much fun talking to the class and leading the conversation, which was reflected by my grade on the presentation. I was able to get almost everyone’s perspective, and I helped the class understand the assigned reading for that day. It was by far the most fun and interesting presentation I have given in college thus far.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In ten years, I see myself out of graduate school and possibly finishing my doctoral degree at Northcentral University. I will also have a job in higher education, most likely in student affairs. I am really interested in student affairs in higher education, and I aspire to have my PhD in a gender or psychology related program.

 

Lily Marcelius

Marcelius-Lily WEB 6Major / Minor: Psychology & Nursing / Gender Studies

Why did you choose a Gender Studies minor?
I chose a Gender Studies minor because of Brianna Evans and her First Year Seminar course “Conversations about Gender.”

What is the coolest thing about the Gender Studies program?
It is a very eye-opening area of study that gives students the opportunity to learn things that are not often taught in high school.

Are you currently working on a research project? What are your current research interests?
I am not currently working on a research project, although I work at the Gender Equity Resource Center in Swenson Hall and do some research there. My research interests are in psychology, nursing, and gender studies.

What do you believe are the top reasons why students should consider a Gender Studies minor?
You should only declare a Gender Studies minor if you are passionate or at least very interested in gender studies and issues of equity.

What websites would you recommend to a friend interested in Gender Studies?
I would recommend UW-Superior’s Gender Equity Resource Center website and OutFront Minnesota.

Please share an undergraduate achievement of yours.
Being a student athlete.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I will be working at Abbott Northwestern Adolescent Psychiatric Ward in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

 

Kristina Wood

Wood-Kristina WEB 2Major/Minor: Sociology Major / Gender Studies Minor

Why did you choose a Gender Studies minor?
During my first couple years on campus, I had no idea what to major in, let alone minor. After I took Bri Evan’s Intro Gender Studies class, I was hooked! I thought it would add a nice concentration to my major and end up making me more marketable in my future aspirations.

What is the coolest thing about the Gender Studies program?
I think that the coolest thing about being a Gender Studies Minor is that I get to take classes from all disciplines. I have taken so many History courses, English courses, and Philosophy courses in order to complete my minor. So really, I get to try a little of everything with multiple perspectives.

Are you currently working on a research project? What is/are your current research interest(s)?
Currently, for my senior thesis project for my major, I am researching the post-war situation of women in Bosnia and Herzegovina who have been effected by the systematic use of rape.

What do you believe are the top reason(s) why students should consider a Gender Studies minor?
I think that anyone can be a Gender Studies minor because it can be used to compliment any major from biology, to business, to art. Being aware of gender is something that can be used in any field in order to connect with people on a daily basis. Gender Studies is one of those majors that educates you intellectually, and also helps you better analyze yourself and those around you in a way you never thought of before.

What website(s) would you recommend to a friend interested in Gender Studies?
As cliché as it sounds, National Public Radio, Radio Lab, PBS, and the Facebook page “Humans of New York” are all places where you can learn about Gender Studies both directly and indirectly.

Please share an undergraduate achievement of yours:
Even though I did not receive an award of any kind, I would consider studying abroad in Bosnia and Herzegovina this summer an achievement. I learned to broaden my horizons and take the first step in becoming a global citizen!

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Since I graduate this May, that is a scary question! However, I hope to be well traveled, comfortable, happy, and hopefully have amazing friends and family to surround myself with!