The GWWIB Difference

By: Ally Landrum

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When I came to GW, I was a little nervous about getting involved. I mean, I didn’t know anyone. In high school I had loved to be a part of everything, but here? I didn’t know where to start. So when I tagged along with my new roommates to the activities fair, I was interested in what I was seeing, but I was a little too intimidated to sign up for anything (besides the things that I had not only done research on, but had literally worked up the courage to join). Then I saw the GW Women and Business table. It wasn’t too crowded, but the people managing it filled the tiny allotted space with such an energy that I couldn’t just walk by. So I stopped, and I listed to all the amazing things that they had to offer. Right off the bat I knew that this club was different. It had literally everything I was looking for in a group, all packed into something that I wouldn’t expect it to come from. At home, art isn’t a way to make a living, so when I applied to The Corcoran as a graphic design major I was a little nervous about it being perceived the same way here that it was at home. At every meeting I am so happy that I took that chance. 

At the first General Body meeting I was made comfortable with phrases like “GWWIB isn’t just for business majors!,” and “GWWIB” isn’t just for women!”, as, little did I know, I’d be spurting them just a few months later to everybody I knew. I was so in love with the club that I literally teared up. I felt empowered and inspired and like I could do anything. I was being given the tools to succeed in the professional world, no matter what my major was. I was being told that what I was studying was, in fact, important. I quickly fell in love with going to meetings, events, and panels on personal branding, how to land an internship, and stress management. 

To get as involved as possible I decided to apply for a position on the Spring Conference Marketing Committee.  When I got it, I was so excited: I could put my studies to good use! Now, I’ve been involved in creating the logo and social media visuals for the Spring Conference, as well as flyers, information cards, and other marketing materials. Not only has GWWIB allowed me to grow as a designer, woman, and professional in the workplace, but it has given me the confidence to do so on my own. The professional practice that I have received in these few months has been invaluable, and has given me both the inspiration and courage I needed to be confident in my place in the professional world.