Women of Color
Posted by: Meghan Nyberg, Class of 2012
Going to graduate school was not something I always knew that I wanted to do. I felt satisfied with my undergraduate education, and was ready to begin my career. If I did go to graduate school, thoughts of taking a year off in order to save money, or to travel crossed my mind. However, when I was in a workshop for my former job discussing diversity on a higher education campus, I learned what I found to be a disturbing statistic.
I learned that out of all the demographics, female minorities, or women of color, are the least “desirable” candidates in the work force. They have the hardest time getting hired into positions, establishing careers, and working their way up the ladder. As a woman of color, and after already facing what I felt like were enough obstacles, this made me extremely upset.
So, in that moment, I decided that I would go to graduate school. I would further my higher education in the best program that I could get into, and not stop there. I wanted to be a part of the efforts put forth to kill this statistic. Northwestern University and the M.S.C. program have been an infinite part of this. Not only have I put myself in the best environment to further my future, but I have been emerged into diversity.
Within this diversity, I have met so many women of color, and that to me is encouragement enough. These women share their stories and are inspiring to not only me, but everyone in the program. After taking away so much from M.S.C., I am eager to go out there, and establish my career.
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