As we near the end of the school year, we would like to take a moment to celebrate some of the seniors we have graduating and to thank them for their hard work for NeW. Today’s Spotlight is on Natalie Spindle, Vice President of the NeW chapter at Florida State University.
How did you get involved with NeW?
I became involved with NeW through my friend Shannon McGuire. I had a sociology class with her during my freshman year at Florida State University. She asked if I would be interested in learning about a women’s club at FSU, so I went to see what it was about.
What is one thing you gained from NeW?
NeW helped me to become comfortable with discussing my values and beliefs. I was able to actually consider where I stand on certain issues which is something I never would have thought about without the discussions we had in NeW. I was nice to learn about the many values shared by other women going to my university.
How Did NeW shape your college experience?
I feel that NeW helped me to learn that there are so many facets to women’s issues. I am glad that I learned that radical feminism is not the only way to seek women’s rights. I was happy to learn that there was more than one way to think about feminism.
What is your favorite part of NeW? Your favorite memory?
I think my best memories from NeW come from my time at the Washington D.C. convention. I was able to listen to valuable speakers and meet so many strong minded college women. It was exciting to hear how active the other chapters at universities are. I enjoyed networking with peers and learning more about the NeW leaders.
What will you miss most about NeW?
I think that I will miss having a comfortable place to discuss important issues. It is difficult to feel like you are in an atmosphere where people will not argue with you and put you down for saying what is on your mind but NeW was the opposite. I felt that although I did not always agree with everything, women would still listen to me and respect my thoughts.
What is one piece of advice you would pass on to NeW ladies following you?
I think that women with conservative and moderate values at FSU are afraid to be identified or they know that their experiences in class have not been positive and therefore they stop speaking out. I hope that they will gain their voice back and be able to create a more positive light for feminists.
What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation I will be moving to Wyoming to work at Grand Teton National Park for the season. I am not sure what I plan to do after the season is over.
Thanks for being a part of NeW, Natalie!