Congratulations to our graduating seniors and thank you for your work with NeW! We are pleased to spotlight some of our outstanding chapter leaders and members. We will miss working with them on campus, but look forward to them joining our NeW Alumnae Network.
Today’s Spotlight is on Terry Ely, NeW leader at the University of Notre Dame.
What is one thing you gained from NeW?
NeW has allowed me to express my political opinions and questions in an environment that is both safe and cultivating. It has empowered me to stand true to what I believe despite being a minority as a conservative female in many aspects of the academic world. I get to work with like-minded peers and it is extremely fulfilling!
What is your favorite part of NeW?
NeW is something that I am so glad to have stumbled upon. I went to the Reagan Ranch last fall for a college conference with Young America’s Foundation and I heard several people mention it while I was there. When I returned, I tried to see if we had one on campus because I loved the message that it represented to our community. It is a place for young, intellectual women to discuss tough issues that they face both at school and in the future. There is very little discussion regarding work/family balance and with this open forum that NeW has established for us, we can discuss these tough issues.
What will you miss most about NeW?
I will miss the fantastic opportunity that all of our young women have, which is to find others that represent the same values and goals that you have and put that towards a bigger effort to make this country a tremendous place. There are so many changes that we will have to encounter in the next few years and I think NeW enables each one of us to not only be aware of the issues, but to conquer them in a way that we feel is both respectful towards our beliefs and geared towards our conservative values.
What is one piece of advice you would pass on to NeW ladies following you?
GET INVOLVED AND STAY INVOLVED!! NeW is such a unique opportunity and I wish I could have spent all four years of my undergraduate education being a part of it. Even though academia makes it difficult to discuss and defend our conservative values, it does not make them wrong in any way. It is also not easy to stand up on your own and speak about them, but with this group, it cultivates a strong group of girls and leaders who will be there to help you along. No one is perfect and making changes in your beliefs here and there is how you learn more about whom you are. Don’t hesitate to challenge others, but make sure that you always stay centered to your core beliefs.
Thanks Terry! We wish you the best after graduation.