I am a product of Wellesley College.
I entered campus bright eyed and unsure as a first year, insecure of my place amongst the many women who would change the world because I had been a last-minute admit off the waitlist. But the infectious electricity thrumming amongst the first years pushed me to place all that aside, and go for what I felt drawn towards the most.
I joined Al-Muslimat, seeking a place of respite and commonality amidst all the ebbs and flows on campus. Students were always rushing from place to place, and I needed a spot to take a breath, where the students around me understood where I was coming from. I formed deep friendships, got in huge fights, did well in some classes, poorly in others, and made my way through the natural course of the four years. The brightness started tarnishing around campus to me, but I pushed myself to keep moving forward.
Dear WU readers,
As Shelly mentioned a few months ago, the WU community loves to read. More importantly, the WU community loves to know what others are reading. I follow a number of Wellesley alums on Goodreads and have personally benefited from the reading and ranking of great books that y’all are already out there doing. We at WU are taking our collective love of the written word a step further and will be regularly publishing short reviews, impressions, takeaways, meditations, recommendations, and/or frustrations about the books that keep on your shelves, nightstands, and in your tote bags.
If you are interested in submitting a review (written, video, audio, whatever!) please email us at email@example.com. Also, feel free to tweet book recommendations to me, your self-appointed WU Bookworm, at @MsMakkah.
To kick off our new series, we are delighted to present a series of book reviews submitted in 140 character reflections. That’s right, our very own Monet Spells ‘10 sent in her book reviews via Twitter. She submitted a compilation of short recap tweets she wrote of every book she read in 2011. You can read her tweet recaps (tweecaps??) below and you can find her on Twitter at @OhMonet.
Thanks for your submission Monet! Happy reading!
Special thanks to Amanda Zhang ‘13 (@mandazhang) for beta-ing
In the short time that I’ve been on Twitter, I’ve found it to be a great and important platform for engaging with other wom*n of color and social justice activists. Twitter trends like #BlackTwitter, #solidarityisforwhitewomen, and #NotYourAsianSidekick have brought many previously marginalized voices to the forefront and that is incredibly necessary when the mainstream feminist movement remains dominated by white women. This is a space for us to be ourselves, a space for self-expression and community.
Thanks to Amelia Manderscheid ‘08 for this month’s submission and thanks to Kate Ciurej ‘08 for the lovely photo!
(above Eleanor Bastian ‘06 with Congressman John Lewis)
Eleanor recently got a boss promotion as Legislative Director for U.S. Representative Diana DeGette of CO after working in her office as a Legislative Assistant for the past two years. She manages the energy, environmental and natural gases portfolio for the congresswoman and was instrumental in getting the unanimous passage of the bipartisan hydropower bill. She worked her tail off to bring about compromise during the lovely government shutdown (remember that thing?). She is a Wellesley woman on the rise and we look forward to her own run for elected office someday. #WellesleyShouldRun