Things have been quite busy these last few weeks, but the best kind of busy! Let's travel back in time for a moment and revisit a wonderful weekend not too long ago...
On October 26th, I headed from Vermont back to my hometown in New Jersey for a wonderful event called the Women of NA Luncheon. This annual event is held during alumni weekend and brings together many inspiring women who attended Newark Academy at some point or another. It is a great chance to reconnect with former teachers, staff, and classmates, while meeting plenty of new faces as well.
During the luncheon, six individuals were recognized as "Women of Distinction" for their leadership and contributions across various fields including art, design, technology, healthcare, and academia. I was humbled to be honored for the establishment of Cerebella Design alongside these amazing women; each one of them an intelligent and confident role model.
Prior to this event, I had not thought extensively about the importance of a "women's network". While I knew NA was previously an all-boys school, it was hard to imagine what the classes would have looked like without half of my classmates that kept halls and discussions alive. I was fortunate to have an equal number of male and female science and art teachers during my time at NA, and this definitely shaped my passion for combining these disciplines today. Retrospectively, I realize that this was a luxury (though it should not be), and it took a little while to understand the importance of having female mentors across fields, particularly the sciences where we have been historically underrepresented.
A big thank you to my teachers at NA who thoughtfully challenged each student to reach their greatest potential, and pushed girls and boys to explore future careers in "STEM". And to the women who patiently walked me through first chemistry experiments, dissections, mathematical quandaries, and the awesome application of all of these things in the arts: you continue to inspire "beautiful thoughts".
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