The last post of the semester comes to us from Women’s Studies minor Emily Drone, who writes about her practicum experience at Oasis Women’s Center. It was a treat to talk to Emily earlier this week about her experiences this semester: the pleasure she took from learning more about domestic violence and from actively working to help an organization that is so deeply supportive of women during an exceptionally difficult time in their lives was clear. As she reminds us in this post, simple gestures and small steps can be among the most meaningful in our lives.
When I first spoke with Dr. Seltzer about a practicum for spring 2013, I had no idea what I wanted to do or where I wanted to be. My first instinct was that I wanted to help someone, do something hands on for once in my college career. She mentioned Oasis Women’s Shelter and I was intrigued by it but also at the same time nervous about it. A women’s shelter? That sounds like a tough and mentally exhausting job. She encouraged me to go listen to Marcy Jacobs speak during a class period in the fall, and that was what sealed the deal. The statistics that Marcy gave out about domestic violence were phenomenal, but not in the good way. They stuck with me, which is when I knew that was where I wanted to go.
When I first showed up to the shelter in Alton, I was extremely anxious. I had no idea what I was getting myself into Continue reading