How GWWIB Gave me Community

By: Maria Quinonez

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I joined GWWIB in my first semester of freshman year and it was definitely a major component to my smooth transition to college. As an international student, I was nervous about joining student organizations on campus since I was worried about not fitting in. However, when I first heard about GWWIB through my FYDP mentor I felt like it could be a good start to getting out of my comfort zone and emerging myself in the GW Community. GWWIB gave me the confidence I needed to get more involved in student life campus by a giving me a community of women leaders that aim to empower others through personal and professional development. As part of the marketing committee for the 9th Annual Spring Conference I have been involved with the logistics for the Launch Party and the advertisement for panels, workshops, sponsors and guest speakers of the event. Being part of this event that is built up from scratch by an amazing group of women leaders is absolutely empowering as it creates an environment when I can grow both personally and professionally.  This environment for learning and growth is the type of community that all of GWWIB is.