GT1000 Reflection – GT1000 Guest Post #8

December 9, 2013 § Leave a comment

This semester, the GT Women’s Resource Center is teaching a section of GT 1000, Georgia Tech’s freshman seminar class. As part of our class, we are having each of our students contribute a blog post. The following post discusses one student’s reflection on her experience in GT 1000 this semester.

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I’ve had a rather nice time in GT 1000 this year.  I’m very happy I took GT 1000 with the Women’s Resource Center versus taking a major-specific one.  I know that lots of my friends had to put in a lot of time and effort into their GT1000s for their majors.  I like that this class got us familiar with the things around campus without putting too much extra work on us.  From other classes, I had enough homework and studying to do.  I took GT1000 to get familiar with Tech, and this class definitely did that for me.

I also liked that our class was so small.  It was really easy to get to know everyone, and I felt like I actually knew the Team Leaders and teachers of our class.  You were all very approachable with anything from how our day is going to questions about the class.  If I had anything I wish had gone differently, it would be that we did things in small groups more.  I know that participation was usually a hard thing to get out of our class, so I’m sure that breaking into groups with a Team Leader in each group would help.

GT 1000 was very successful for me.  I know that some people find GT 1000s of any section to be a bit of a waste since they only get a resume out it.  But, I believe, that is because they didn’t take the time to actually take in everything this class had to offer.  GT 1000 led me to get more involved around campus and brought more events to my attention.  If I hadn’t taken this class and talked to Gwen, I wouldn’t even have known about Omega Phi Alpha, and I definitely wouldn’t be a sister.  For me, this class was a great break from the stressful world of core classes with lectures, heavy homework, labs, quizzes, tests, and projects.  It started my Thursdays and always put me in a good mood for the rest of the day.

- Teresa S.

My Favorite Part of the Semester – GT1000 Guest Post #7

December 6, 2013 § Leave a comment

This semester, the GT Women’s Resource Center is teaching a section of GT 1000, Georgia Tech’s freshman seminar class. As part of our class, we are having each of our students contribute a blog post. The following post is one student’s reflecting on her favorite part of the semester.

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Over the course of this semester, I’ve really enjoyed GT 1000 because it’s given me an opportunity to learn more about Georgia Tech and develop the skills I need to succeed during my time at college and beyond. It’s hard to pinpoint the part of the course I enjoyed the most, but if I had to decide, I would have to say that my favorite part of the course was learning how to create a cover letter and a resume.

Prior to taking GT 1000, I had very little idea about how to construct a cover letter let alone a resume. I was most excited for this portion of the course because I wanted to learn how to showcase my skills as briefly and effectively as possible. I believe that knowing how to create both a cover letter and a resume is an invaluable skill. Whenever you apply for a job, you need to be able to concisely and effectively convey the skills you possess to your potential employer. With so many applicants for job positions, it’s really important to make a good first impression and communicate to your potential employer that you’re the best, and most qualified, candidate for the job.

I particularly enjoyed learning about what specifically goes into a resume and how it’s structured. Initially, I had a vague idea about what kinds of information went into a resume, but I wasn’t entirely sure what the most important things were to include and how it should be ordered. For instance, during our resume writing workshop, I learned that arranging your achievements chronologically was the most logical way to put together your resume. Ultimately, one of the most valuable things that I learnt through creating this is how to communicate your message as clearly and succinctly as possible. With such a small amount of space, it’s extremely important to be able to pick out the most important details, in other words your best assets, in order to gain the attention of potential employers. This is such an important skill because it shows people that you are not only able to identify the most important points, but you’re able to communicate them effectively. Thus the skills I gained in learning how to create my resume can not only be applied in the context of this assignment, but also in my school work and life in general.

When I enter the workforce, I want to maximize my chances of getting the job or internship of my choice. As a result, I really enjoyed learning how to create a resume that would help me to be a competitive applicant irrespective of what job I choose to apply to.

- Dhanushka V.

Wrapping Up GT1000 – GT1000 Guest Post #6

December 5, 2013 § Leave a comment

This semester, the GT Women’s Resource Center is teaching a section of GT 1000, Georgia Tech’s freshman seminar class. As part of our class, we are having each of our students contribute a blog post. The following post is one discussing what one student got out of being a student in GT 1000 this past semester.

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Although GT1000 is only an hour per week course, it has successfully taught me the most.  Throughout the course, variety of programs and special guest’s instructional speech has helped me to grow as a college student.  First of all, GT1000 offered a number of tips of how to socialize in college, a big network where everyone has unique background, interests, goals, and living style.  One practical tip was that to use the first couple weeks to make friends for everyone is very social.

Of course, GT1000 also helped me how to academically success at tech.  For example, LASSI test not only identified and analyzed my current learning style, but it also offered me which type of studying strategy will best fit according to my strengths that I am a visual learner and need to improve on my time management.  Further, I really enjoyed the class setting where our class as a group discuss to find solutions for our problems, for it is from someone’s experience which is very practical.

Such programs as public speaking, major/career research, and leadership have taught me not only to survive at tech but to thrive at tech.  In fact, I was undeclared engineering prior to the research.  However, through a research, I found that mechanical engineering focused on energy best fits my styles and interests.  Further, public speaking is one of the most challenging skills, so the public speaking lesson was very informative for me.  Indeed, I turned to be a college student through a GT1000.

- Juhyeong J.

What I’ve Learned So Far – GT1000 Guest Post #5

October 17, 2013 § Leave a comment

This semester, the GT Women’s Resource Center is teaching a section of GT 1000, Georgia Tech’s freshman seminar class. As part of our class, we are having each of our students contribute a blog post. The following post is the fifth one discussing what one student has learned in GT1000 so far this semester.

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The semester is half-way through. I learned a lot in GT100-WRC class. We identified the differences between high school and college life. The LASSI test and reading assignments were designed to help us improve our study strategy so that we can better adapt to new college life. The advice I got from the class was really useful. For example, I begin to do a lot of time management. Also, I try to get involved in all kinds of activities.

All the information that was presented in the class is really useful too. I made a reservation at Communication Center and had professional staff revise my English paper and the result turned out to be excellent. I could have never known this resource without GT1000. I recently had a meeting with my career counselor and I am on my way exploring my career path. I could have never thought about starting this early without all the suggestions GT1000 provided to me. In addition, the resume project is extremely useful. Now I have a basic idea about what a resume is and what companies are expecting from my resume. Skills and tactics about writing a resume are also very useful. Thanks to this class, I had my first resume in my life.

One of the highlight of the class is the gender study. I really enjoy learning what opportunities we have for women here at GT. Studying in a college where male population is dominating could be intimidating. However, I learned to live in this campus feeling comfortable about the ratio through GT1000. Now I am really looking forward to the Women In Academia Project. I hope I can find connections through this project and learn more about women in academia.

- Jing Y.

Marital Name Change

October 11, 2013 § Leave a comment

I recently stumbled across an article that caught my attention. It was called Should Women Change Their Name After Marriage? Consider the Greek Way. For many years I have met and heard of many women who have decided to change their last name and also those who have decided to keep their maiden name.  The article brings to light that many people take different sides to this argument.

Many women find that keeping their last name is better than changing it. After reading the article mentioned above, I looked for an article about women changing their last names. This past July the Huffington Post released an article that had eight women discussing why they decided to keep their last name. I find each of the women’s responses and reasons very interesting. One woman decided that as she looked at herself in the mirror and said the new name. She also practiced saying it like she was introducing herself at work. In the end she decided that she didn’t know that person. It was interesting to read that many of the women kept their maiden name because of identity. They didn’t want their identities to be lost. One woman stated that changing your last name was an “identity eraser.” If friends from high school tried to look you up after the name change they wouldn’t be able to find you.

These women made excellent points. I believe that my identity would change. When I get married I plan to change my last name to my husband’s. But for me, I believe that after marriage I would be a different person. I wouldn’t just be Erika. I would be connected to someone else. I would be making a new life and I think that it would affect both my personal and professional life. That’s why for me I would change my last name.

Speaking of professional, a few of the women didn’t change their last name because of professional reasons. Many of them had decided to keep their name because they had built up their name and didn’t want to start over with a new name. This makes complete sense. If I get to the point where my career is partially dependent on my name I would probably reconsider changing my name. For me at this point in time, I would change my last name but circumstances could change where I reconsider.

In the article Should Women Change Their Name After Marriage? Consider the Greek Way the author discusses how women in our country and other countries have the dilemma of choosing to keep their last name or to change it.  She tells of how maybe we should look at how the Greeks do it. It explains how in 1983 Greece enacted a law that all women had to keep their maiden name. To this I say that we shouldn’t consider the Greek way. I believe that whether you change your name or not is your choice. To have the government say whether or not you can choose your last name is not the way to go. Whether a woman decides to change her last name, in my opinion, is based on her individualistic views of the situation. She may or may not decide to discuss with her future partner if she should make the change but in the end it is up to them.

As I began writing this blog, I asked one of my friends if she was going to change her name when she got married. She said that she is going to hyphenate her name because she likes her last name and she believes that her future partner’s last name is a gift. She told me that she believe that it is like he is saying I am giving you everything, right down to my name. I really liked how she put it. However what I like the most is that we have the option. If we want to keep our maiden name, hyphenate it, or change it altogether, it is our right to do so. I just don’t think the Greek is the way to go. I like having the choice.

Erika

Links to the above mentioned blogs:

Should Women Change Their Name After Marriage? Consider the Greek Way

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/06/women-change-name-after-marriage-greece

Last Name Change: 8 Women Reveal Why They Kept Their Surnames After Marriage

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/09/last-name-change_n_3563519.html

An Open Letter to Campus in Response to the Phi Kappa Tau Email

October 9, 2013 § Leave a comment

VOICE Initiative

For more about Georgia Tech’s sexual violence and advocacy initiative, visit voice.gatech.edu.

Dear Georgia Tech Students, Faculty and Staff,

Earlier this week, an email written by a Georgia Tech fraternity member to his chapter was widely circulated throughout our community and picked up by various news sources. The email directly encourages the use of alcohol as a coercive tool for nonconsensual sexual activity. The email and behavior described within it is reprehensible. At Georgia Tech, we define consent as an agreement that is informed, freely and actively given, and not coerced in any way. This email attempts to advance a rape culture that normalizes and even encourages sexual violence on college campuses and in society at large.

While this email came from a member of a fraternity, the issue of sexual violence is not limited to the Greek community. We take a wider community approach that advocates everyone has a role to play in sexual violence prevention. We applaud the courage of those who came forward to the administration about this email and recognize their actions as a step in challenging this inexcusable behavior.

Georgia Tech takes this issue seriously. VOICE is Georgia Tech’s sexual violence prevention and advocacy initiative that strives to create a campus culture that encourages respect, communication, and equity. VOICE believes that everyone has the right to live and learn free of violence or the threat of violence. This initiative is led by the Women’s Resource Center and Health Promotion, and is comprised of multiple campus stakeholders.

VOICE has a number of ongoing programs and events targeted at sexual violence prevention. A few upcoming programs are:

  • Safe Sister, TONIGHT, 5–9 p.m.
  • Ally Training, Oct. 25, 8:30 a.m – noon
  • Fraternity Men Against Violence (part of Man Up Week), Nov. 13, 5–9 p.m.
  • Advocate Training, Nov. 22, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Ongoing presentations to classes or student organizations by request.

These are just a few of the ways we engage students, faculty and staff on this issue. For information and to register for these and other programs, please visit voice.gatech.edu. We recognize that this student’s email has made many in our community feel unsafe, victimized, or “triggered.” VOICE will be holding open office hours on Thursday from 2:30–5 p.m. and Friday from 1–4 p.m. in the Women’s Resource Center (Suite 131, Smithgall Student Services Building) for those in need of support or advocacy. Throughout the year, an Advocate is available in the Women’s Resource Center Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. by appointment, and for emergency after hours through the Georgia Tech Police Department.

For more information on sexual violence resources on campus and in the community, or to get involved, please visit voice.gatech.edu or email voice@gatech.edu.

Please join us as we work to create a campus culture that does not tolerate sexual violence.

On behalf of the VOICE Initiative:
Melanie DeMaeyer, Coordinator of the Women’s Resource Center
Lee Helmken, Violence Prevention Health Educator
Vladimir Oge, Director of Health Promotion
Colleen Riggle, Assistant Dean and Director of the Women’s Resource Center

Laverne Cox Opens the Eyes of Viewers

October 7, 2013 § Leave a comment

The cast of Orange is the New Black

Orange is the New Black is the Netflix original that has captivated and educated viewers with the diverse cast of characters in a women’s prison in New York. Laverne Cox’s character, Sophia, is a transgendered, black woman who was sent to prison due to credit card fraud. She struggles with the guilt of letter her son and wife down, leaving the life of being a fireman behind, and with not being supplied the proper dosage of hormones that she needs.

Sharing on her own transformation, Cox exudes confidence in finding herself and “through all things- the difficulties and what it means to be who I am, I love myself…and I am so grateful to live authentically now”.

What made Cox want to take the role? “When it came along, I thought, what a wonderful opportunity to talk about and highlight issues of trans women in prison. Certainly, Sophia has been one of the most complicated characters I’ve gotten to play as an actress, and I’m really grateful she’s come into my life”. Also, Cox speaks of some of the misconceptions of transgendered individuals. “When folks want to write a trans character, the first thing they think of is sex work”.

How is Cox’s role a stepping stone in the right direction and what is it like acting while black and transgender?  “It’s hard. The issue of not just being trans, but also being a woman, and it’s being black. And the industry historically doesn’t think that we are marketable, or they want to cast us in very limited ways. But I think that the wonderful lessons that Orange is the New Black is teaching us is that it shows our industry that you can cast women of different races, you can cast different ages and body types, and folks will tune in and be interested. And the public is craving that”.

Many have commented that Sophia’s role have liberated their misconceptions about trans people.  However, Sophia remains humble in an interview by thanking other transgender women who have make it possible for her to be where she is today.

In an interview by Huffington Post Live, Cox stated that although she has had many very supportive people of color, mostly those that harass her on the streets are of color. There is still yet a long road to travel to thwart the misconceptions and discrimination of transgendered individuals.

- Brandi S.

http://www.npr.org/2013/08/07/209843353/orange-is-the-new-black-actress-calls-role-complicated

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pU-d_RvIvIQ

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