Student Spotlight – Molly McDonough

My name is Molly McDonough. I am a sophomore in Women’s and Gender Studies and I’m from Chapel Hill, NC.

I chose NC State for a multitude of reasons. I love Raleigh and was excited about the opportunities available here in our state’s capital. I wanted a big school and I fell in love with campus on my first visit. I also heard wonderful things about the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as the Arabic department– all of which were absolutely true!

I am a mentor for the Living and Learning Village, Women of Welch, which is based out of Welch Hall in East Campus. Welch is the only all-female residence hall at NC State, which is a really cool experience. The core pillars of WOW are empowerment, self-awareness, social justice/diversity, and leadership. My wonderful co-workers and I live with the women in the village and work to help them develop and explore these pillars as they navigate life on a campus where the majority of students are male. I am also an editor for the Gender Issues journal as well as a Women’s and Gender Studies major. Women’s and Gender Studies is a crucial field of study because it serves to lift up the voices and experiences of women and other oppressed groups. Institutions of higher learning have historically been exclusively male and then male dominated, and in Women’s and Gender Studies we are able to learn about women’s issues or history that are often left out of the history books.

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