THE HERALD October 30, 2013 Opportunities Lead to Valuable Experiences For Students Cody Jeffery, assistant editor After midterms finally end and spring advising begins, many students consider their options for internships and study abroad programs. Accord ing to, 15 percent of Mer edith students complete at least one internship, sipercent study abroad and gipercent are employed or purs ing graduate studies within six months of becoming Meredith Alumna. This data shows a strong correlation be tween culturally experienced students with real world job skills and graduates finding jobs. Many current Meredith stu dents have completed highly com petitive internships and study abroad programs. One such student is Senior Emily Hawkins. Hawkins spent her summer interning in the White House Presidential Personnel Office (PPO), which oversees the selection process for presidential appointments. In or der to obtain high-end internships, Hawkins advises other students to “start out small. My first internship was an unpaid social media intern ship. I will graduate having worked as an intern for political campaigns, the executive branch, the state legislative branch service [and] the private sec tor/non-profit companies which gives my degree much more credibility.” Ms. Kristy Dixon, Assistant Professor in the Meredith College School of Business, also recommends students to complete multiple intern ships to find out what they like and don’t like about the industry or career field. “By completing internships, stu dents learn valuable skills that cannot be learned in academic settings. Inter personal skills, communication skills and self-confidence are all gained by the experience,” said Dixon. Other students strive to com plete both an internship and a study abroad program, but worry that they won’t have enough time or find the right programs to suit their individual goals. Senior, Caitlin Davis, found a way to uniquely combine many of her ambitions into one program. While in dependently studying abroad through the IFSA-Butler Program in Australia, Davis also obtained an internship at a public relations company called Liquid Ideas, and joined an Australian Rules Football (AFL) team. As a player on a semi-professional rugby team in the United States called Venom, Davis was used to balancing sports, academics and work, but encountered an entirely new level of time management while abroad, “as tempting as it may be, you really have to be able to tell your friends that you can’t go out with them tonight because you have to work on a paper that isn’t due for another two weeks.” Although Davis chose an in dependent program, Meredith offers a variety of semester long and sum mer long study abroad programs that interest many students. Senior Hillary Stone studied abroad in Italy through one of the Meredith programs. Stone loved her experience so much that she now works in the Meredith Office of In ternational Programs. “I learned how to be independent in a place where I can barely speak the language, have confidence in my ability to travel and making crucial decisions and make friends with people from all over the world along the way. And in the end... I came out with 11 sisters that I didn’t have going in.” Internships and study abroad programs are valuable experiences that every student should consider partici pating in. Not only do both opportuni ties add to student resumes, they have the potential to change and/or redirect a student’s career goals and have a pos itive impact on a student’s life. As Davis simply said, “it was the experience of a lifetime and [it] allowed me to see and experience so many new things.” For more information on how to start ap plying for internships or study abroad programs, contact your faculty advisor and/or the Office of International Pro grams. The Power of “Slutoween” Alyssa Mathewson, staff writer In the high school, college and post college worlds, Halloween is sometimes called “Slutoween,” articulating a trend where many of the costumes women wear are considered provocative. Women’s Hal loween costumes in major stores often have the word “sexy” in their descriptions. While many people don’t have an issue with the current standard of Halloween costumes, some are wary of “Slutoween.” For women, Halloween presents the question of whether or not they feel empowered by their cos tumes. Assistant professor of Religious & Ethical Studies and Prism director. Dr. Ste ven Benko says the term “Slutoween” refers to how Halloween “has become an occasion for women to perform their sexuality.” He suggests that the expectation created by sex- ualizing women’s roles on Halloween could be felt as a burden on them. There are es sentially two types of women’s Halloween costumes: sexy and naughty. “There is a world of difference between them,” says Dr. Benko. Sexy, he explains, is empowering, but naughty implies women are “transgressing” against something. Some women, such as sophomore LeslieRose Brant, think that the point of Halloween may be to get attention, but not necessarily to be provocative. “The point of Halloween is to dress up as a por trayed character. It should be something you “The point of Halloween is to dress up as a portrayed charac ter. It should be some thing you desire or ap preciate [...] some girls apparently respect playboy bunies.” desire or appreciate,” says Brant. She feels that some “girls apparently respect playboy bunnies.” Many feel that Halloween is a time women can use to empower themselves, to inspire attention that makes them feel good. If “Slutoween” feels like a burden, women’s history specialist Suzanne Scoggins wants women to know they have other options. Her website, called Take Back Halloween: A Costume Guide for Women with Imagi nation, at, is not a site that sells costumes, but rather a resource guide for creating a unique cos tume. Ultimately, women will wear a variety of costumes. While some women will be sexy Alice in Wonderland, others will be Captain Underpants. via STAFF Editors: Jessica Feltner, Editor in Chief. Julia Dent, Managing Editor. Cody Jeffrey, Assistant Editor. Lucia Rynka-Estevez, Layout Editor. Monique Kreisman, News Editor. Maitlyn Healy, A&E and Sports Editor. Rachel Pratl, Editorial Editor Staff Writers: Hannah Nielsen, Katy Koop, Livi Burke, Alyssa Mathewson, Marlena Brown, Mollie Schrull, Isabel Benson, Kristin Hight The Meredith Herald is produced by students throughout the academic year and is printed by Hinton Press. The paper is funded by the College and through inde pendent advertising. 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