Columnist and Editorial Assistant at the San Francisco Chronicle, Freelance Writer, and MFA Student at SFSU
"I had an intro to WGST class during my second year of college and it completely blew my mind."
Kimberly came to CSUF as an English major because she loved and had a knack for writing. During her sophomore year, she enrolled in an intro to Women and Gender Studies course that ultimately led to a minor that changed her outlook on writing, career goals, and life.
Since graduating, Kimberly developed a career in journalism and publishing with the San Francisco Chronicle, and now runs a freelance writing business where she has written for Forbes, Sunset Magazine and other high-profile clients. She is also furthering her education as an MFA student in Creative Writing at SFSU and is even working on a novel and collection of shorter works that are heavily influenced by her Women and Gender Studies minor.
Kimberly credits her major with providing a practical foundation for a writing career, but claims that her minor in Women and Gender Studies helped her to grow into the person that she wanted to be. It taught her the true impact of individual actions and why they matter, and continues to serve as the focus and motivation behind a lot of her writing to this day.
Community Education Advocate, An Undisclosed Domestic Violence Shelter
“If not for the education I received in the Women and Gender Studies Major I would not see the world through the lens I see it now.”
“In all honesty, I was not the greatest college student right out of high school” Yanel admits. “It was not until I found feminism that I was truly passionate about something.” After a bit of research, Yanel discovered the Women and Gender Studies Major and CSUF became her destination of choice – a decision she describes as “the best one I had ever made!”
Upon arriving, Yanel knew she had made the right choice, stating “I met some amazing people in class and the faculty was incredibly inviting and passionate; I felt I was exactly where I needed to be.” She also credits her time in the department for shaping her view, and helping her to learn about herself and our society.
Upon graduating, Yanel put her degree to work as she found employment in the social work sector first by working with adults with mental health disabilities and then as a Community Education Advocate at a Domestic Violence Shelter. Her long-term plan is to earn a Master’s Degree in Social Work – an endeavor she will undertake in August 2016.
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About Our College and Campus
The Department of Women and Gender Studies is a part of the larger College of Humanities and Social Sciences at CSU, Fullerton. H&SS offers its students more than 20 unique degree programs ideal for students who plan to continue their studies in graduate programs, or who want to work in areas such as education, law, politics, business, psychology, public administration, and more.