Here at Utah State I have had multiple opportunities to get involved. This was one of my favorites. I was invited to speak on a Panel of Women in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math). I don’t have a direct degree in any of these, but I do focus on Technology, in the Social Media Fields. We watched the film “Gender Chip Project,” which followed young women in college and the challenges they faced. I was able to share the challenges I faced while trying to break into Computer Science. Instead of waiting around for them to give me my power, I took my power and went a different direction. I loved being part of something that included my love for technology and women’s and gender studies. I was grateful for the opportunity, and encourage women to go for what they want! To never let something such as their sex hold them back, but do it and do it right! Check out the FRONT PAGE article here USU STEM PANEL …. Some of the information is wrong, bad journalism…. I work for Echelon Group Inc. in Boise Idaho.
I am not a huge reader, as you all know my talents lie within the television sector… Instead of listening to my favorite rap songs to get ready in the morning or watching the Colbert Report from the night before on my beloved hulu+ account, I decided to listen to Tina Fey’s book BOSSYPANTS. It is not a book for the “innocent,” there is some crude language, but her story of making it to the top is riveting. I appreciated that she was the one speaking on her audio book it really put in her personality. I literally “LOL’ED” at some of her stories. I loved hearing how she voyaged through hairy workplaces to get where she is today. She always stood up for herself, and it has paid off. She has changed comedy as we know it, and Sarah Palin…. Overall its a great book, inspiring to know you can end up in “higher places” if you shoot for your dreams… If not, at least you had a good time.
This is me about 30 minutes prior to surgery…I can say I did not look this great 24 hours after… But I know your not judging me (said no one ever)… I had my surgery done at the Logan Specialty Hospital. The nurses were great, trying to set me and my brother up with all of their single family members, classic for us “old” single Utahans. I just wanted to point out some of the things I said while coming out of anesthesia. They were classic… At one point the Doctor came in and I started yelling, that a zombie apocalypse was upon us, and that we needed to get out of there. You can tell, the humans verse zombies week played a number on me. My second highlight would have to be when I rolled over and saw an icon on the computer that said “Thin Client.” I almost burst into tears, I shouted “I can’t be a thin client, my foot is too fat!” I just kept saying, “where is the fat client one?” Obviously society has played a major role on my body image, stupid People magazine, which my grandma reads religiously. I’m proud to say now that my foot has lost its post-op weight, and I can once again be considered a “Thin Client.” Miracles Happen.
This past week I finalized all of my degrees prior to my graduation in MAY! I will be graduating now with an AREA STUDIES in Women and Gender Studies. Now this may give me the title of “Feminist,” and man I hate using the F word sometimes, because it is not accepted by everyone… But I am here to tell you that I am a Feminist, not a lesbian, not a man hater, and not a granola tree-huger. I just love being a women who wants to be a pioneer for others. What I love to focus on is helping adolescent girls learn the importance of their self worth. I feel it is vital to teach them that they are beautiful and to love themselves and to quite the bullying. I am part of the 3rd wave Feminist movement in a media savy way. I went into a predominately male field and came out a stronger woman. I have a knowledge about computers that most women don’t, and that needs to change. I want to show females that it is okay to venture into those male-filled fields, and to use their minority status to their advantage. Women have a right to be involved in technology, it is time to overcome that fear and tear into the technology world and make our mark.
On day two of the College of Southern Idaho, I was sure that I was a lady like debater. Since it was my very first tournament, I had not idea what to expect. We had to wake up extremely early…for me (6:00am). We took our mini bus back the college where I reviewed my speech one last time and then I rushed off to my first Informative round. I was one of five. Once you enter the room you are being judged…talk about an intense environment. I did this for four more rounds and then I finally had earned a lunch break. After my informative was finished, the debates began. It is honestly the most thrilling thing a person can do. You get a topic and then you have twenty minutes to plan your debate and then make it across campus to your room. I debated three more times…In the midst of the debates, the sign posting of finalists went up, I HAD MADE IT! I was going to have to present my speech now to three judges and a crowd. In the end I did not place top three, I was 5th over the topics of transgender, and BDSM…(don’t look it up) Overall it was a round of very strange topics. I did well for my first tournament, also winning a top speaker award, which fulfilled my long life dream of owning a gavel, SCORE… I remember that throughout my schooling years, I had many teachers telling me to be cautious of what I say, and to be quiet…All I have to say is TAKE THAT, I can win awards with my words.
Most People would say that the short bus is for the slow…Not in this case! This is our mini bus that took Utah States Debate team to College of Southern Idaho. We met at 8:30am at the bottom of Old Main and crammed on the bus. The bus ride was horrible. I had got so nauseated, and our coach had instituted a no sleeping rule. I can’t pretend, I was overly annoyed at this. Finally we got to the tournament around 1pm, only to find out I was not competing at all until 6:45 that night. Most would think YAY a break, but those hours were spent going OVER and OVER my speech. I had to practice using my four visual aides. It was a day they went on forever. However once the first match was given, I felt alive. I met my opponent and the topic was given, “Libya has crossed a line.” I was the affirmative and so I made it pretty broad. My opponent started to use personal attacks calling me “naive” and “uneducated.” What I would like to point out is, I won. The debate was thrilling and made the day worth it. I realized how important words can be, the tone and the delivery. We made it through one more debate and then it was time to call it a night. I dragged out my visual aides and found myself on our mini bus. As I scanned my schedule for the next day, barely staying awake, I realized that I would be speaking nonstop for about 12 hours the next day. Overall the first day, I felt like a grown up, almost like my sister Emily. She always is dressed like a working women, and this was my chance…I mean I even had visual aides. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Day TWO to come 🙂