Volunteer Spotlight: Angela
MAY 23, 2016
Circle of Women at William College
An Interview with Williams Chapter Volunteer, Angela.
We are excited to introduce you to a volunteer from our William Chapter, Angela. Angela is a rising sophomore interested in majoring in Environmental Studies, Economics or Political Science. At Williams, she serves on the board of the International Club, teaches piano at Mt. Greylock School, is a videographer for Sports Information, and designs for the William Journal of Foreign Affairs.
CoW: How long have you been a Circle of Women volunteer? What drew you to Circle of Women?
A: I’ve only been at Williams for a year, and have been part of Circle of Women ever since I arrived. I was drawn to Circle of Women because of its mission to promote women’s education worldwide, which reminded me of an organization called Pa-Moja that I was heavily involved in during high school. Both organizations aim to increase education in underdeveloped areas outside of the United States and Canada. What made me stick with Circle of Women, however, was the community. Although I barely know anyone in the chapter, and members span across all four years, I immediately felt welcomed and valued during the meetings. I enjoyed the projects that we planned together and felt great accomplishment at seeing our events come to fruition.
CoW: Why has your education meant to you? Why do you feel women’s education is important?
A: My education has shaped the person I am today, and I am eternally grateful for the opportunities I have been given and for the relative privilege of my position in life. My parents literally moved us across the world so that I could have a better education and grow up in a system that nurtures creativity, growth, and a thirst for knowledge. Women’s education is especially important, given estimating systemic inequalities that prevent half o the world’s population from achieving equality in opportunity and access to something that should be fundamental right for all. By focusing on women’s education, Circle of Women works to balance these inequalities, improving the world as a whole.
CoW: Lastly, what is your favorite aspect of Circle of Women?
A: This is going to sound cheesy, but I love the people! It’s amazing to work with a group of dedicated, driven, and absolutely wonderful human beings who all want to make the world a better place. Everyone plays an important part in our chapter and is always willing to pitch in for a project of cause. I always look forward to going to meetings – debriefing, planning the following week, and catching up on each other’s busy lives.