|Choice USA Class of 2012|
Name: Sara Castledine
School: California State University Long Beach
Major: WGSS and Political Science
What's next?: As of now, I’m heading to Reno for the summer to visit with family and figure things out. I’d like to go to graduate school within the next year and/or start working for a feminist, non-profit organization.
How did Choice USA impact your experience in college?: Choice USA has impacted my college experience ten fold. I have become a much more proud and open student thanks to the work. Reproductive injustice impacts everyone and it has been the highlight of my college career to be able to fight this much-needed fight. Not only have I gained experience as a student organizer, but I have gained many necessary skills from my time on the board, along with the conferences and trainings I have been a part of. Choice USA has, essentially, been the building block for everything else I have done. I am so proud to be a part of this incredible organization.
Name: Stephanie Correa
School: University of Texas, El Paso
Major: Political Science and Communications
What's next?:I’ll be attending Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, NY. I’m excited to be entering The Art of Teaching program because it is a direction in my life that I was timid about entering. However, I finally come to terms with how teaching is the best avenue for my future life goals.
How did Choice USA impact your experience in college?: Choice USA, though my student chapter, allowed me to experience social justice issues at a new level. I learned so much about the intersections of reproductive justice and the ideals I believed in. Prior to getting involved, I identified as pro-life because I never understood abortion access as a comprehensive issue, merely a religious one. However, through Choice USA I was able to fully understand the importance of not only access to abortion, but all-around support for women who need/request for access.
Name: Heather Peeples
School: Florida State University
Major: English Literature and Political Science with a minor in Women's Studies
What's next?: For the next year, I’ll be working full time for an association management company in Tallahassee, FL planning conferences for a few environmental non-profits and working with their lobbyist at the capitol. In my spare time I’ll be prepping for the LSAT and applying to law schools, so who knows where I’ll end up next.
How did Choice USA impact your experience in college?: Choice USA introduced me to amazing organizers in my region and across the county who constantly provided me with ideas, support, and inspiration. Each time I returned to my campus from a Choice USA event, I couldn’t help but feel motivated and somehow recharged.
Name: Noel Ullery
School: Indiana University South Bend
Major: Women's and Gender Studies
What's next?: I'm heading to Central European University in Budapest, Hungary to work on a Master's degree in Gender Studies.
How did Choice USA impact your experience in college?: Choice USA gave me the push I needed to be more outspoken about pro-choice politics on my campus and within my community.
Name: Ruth Walker
School: University of Georgia - Athens
What's next?: Next I'm focused on working and finding our own place for me and my son. I'm still going to be very involved in the movement and am really looking forward to see what the next generation of students can do!
How did Choice USA impact your experience in college?: ChoiceUSA gave us so many great resources to help us fight for reproductive justice on campus and give our students accurate information about their rights and choices.
Name: Desirae June Smith
School: Northern Arizona University
Major:Public Health, with an emphasis on sexual health, and Spanish
What's next?:Next I will be finalizing my education by doing an Internship at Southwest Center for HIV and AIDS. I will be building a curriculum for their Mobile Education on Sexual Heath program that will target domestic violence shelters as their first cause.
How did Choice USA impact your experience in college?: Choice USA impacted my college career by providing me with tools and even more knowledge on my major. The organization is incredible and I am so happy I was able to be a Chapter Correspondent!
Name: Athena Jordison
School: University of Texas, El Paso
Major: Organizational Communication and Women's Studies
What's next?: I’m focusing on creating music which will always be political. I will always continue to use music and other forms of art to educate people about various issues while trying to motivate others to take action!
How did Choice USA impact your experience in college?: Choice USA changed my life! I met so many amazing people who opened my eyes to so many things. I would have never been as aware as I was about all progressive issues without Choice USA’s intersectional approach! Also, their workshop on Art and Activism at the 2011 Gloria Steinem Conference made me realize how much I missed making music, which I’m doing now!