Spring Break is just around the corner, but don’t leave campus without reading today’s profile about Anthropology major and first-year Grace Wenzel.
- Accomplishment you’re proud of.
Grace is most proud of making it this far in life, to the point where she can make other people smile. She describes not always being the happiest person, having had her own battles, but she doesn’t want other people to experience these things alone. Grace has managed to make a name for herself inand outside the club as a the funny and sarcastic girl in the room and she loves this title. She describes using her humor as a way to make her mark on the world. But most of all, Grace says she is proud that she has made herself proud. She is truly grateful to have persevered.
2. Challenge you’ve faced as a woman.
When she was younger, Grace described being able to fit in with the boys at school more so than the girls. She never liked playing with dolls or doing her makeup, saying that it all seemed so trivial to her. When she reached middle school, Graces says that she had a lot of trouble fitting in because she wasn’t “feminine” enough based on society’s standards. She dressed like a tom boy, mainly had guy friends, and was often bullied because she was different. But as she got older, Grace describes realizing that femininity and masculinity are both social constructs; inactuality it doesn’t mean anything in the long run. Grace has learned to love herself for who she is and has stopped trying to be something she was not.
3. Favorite thing about being a woman.
Grace says that strong women have been major influences throughout her life. She admires these women’s dedication, perseverance, and willingness to fight for what is right. She loves that women are not taking the current climate lightly and are pushing back at the establishment. Grace says that women’s right have always been worth fighting for and is proud that so many women are taking it upon themselves to make sure their descendants and younger people around them have a better life than they ever could. This makes Grace immensely proud to be a woman.
4. A woman you look up to.
Grace cannot pick just one woman, because there were two in particular who raised her to be the person she is today. Her mom and her Nana are the two most influential people in her life. Grace describes that regardless of the circumstances, she always knew that they would take care of her and love her unconditionally. Even when she was a rebellious teenager who didn’t recognize what she had, Grace describes that both of these women “put up with her”. Her Nana raised her mother single handedly, while simultaneously working as a teacher. Her mother is now the Director of Quality Management for Central Massachusetts. Grace is inspired by their work ethic, and the fact that sexism in the workplace has never stopped them from showing. up every single day to put everything they have into their career. Grace hopes ones day to be half as amazing as they are to her.
5. Plans after Gettysburg.
While her future is still undetermined, Grace does have some plans. She still has four years at Gettysburg to work through first, but sees herself going on to graduate school to pursue a higher education in her field.
When asked if there was anything else to add, this is what Grace said:
There’s a poem called Invictus, the one Nelson Mandela read while in prison, that my Nana showed me. These few phrases have stuck with me throughout the years because it really emphasizes life in general, “It matters not how strate the gate, how charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.” No one can dictate how you live your life, you control your own destiny and don’t let anyone tell you differently.