PLEN Taught Me That It’s Okay to Have Seven Careers

Before I attended the PLEN Women and Congress Seminar, I was set on following the road map to becoming a New York State Senator. I felt that this was one of the best ways that I could make a direct impact and serve the needs of the state that I grew up in. However, after … Continue reading PLEN Taught Me That It’s Okay to Have Seven Careers

Preparing for a Career in Science and Policy

As a graduate student at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, I learned about PLEN through an email sent from our campus career center. With an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of California at Berkeley, I pursued a Master’s in Marine Conservation. Since then I have concentrated my … Continue reading Preparing for a Career in Science and Policy

Let us Show the World What We’re Made Of

It was 9 am on a warm and humid Sunday when I headed to the airport and boarded on a flight to Washington, D.C. to attend PLEN’s Women and Congress Seminar. In contrast to the warm weather back home, the nation’s capital greeted me upon arrival with a blanket of snow and gusty, frigid winds. … Continue reading Let us Show the World What We’re Made Of

PLEN Taught Me to Take MY Seat at the Table

I found out about PLEN through my Career Center at my University and on a whim decided to try something new; little did I know that attending PLEN’s Women and Congress seminar would foster the undeniably firm foundation necessary for me to succeed in the professional world. As a Political Science student with a concentration … Continue reading PLEN Taught Me to Take MY Seat at the Table

Empowered Women Empower Women

College is a weird phase in life where students are supposed to experiment and figure out what they want to do with their lives, while simultaneously having their future planned from tomorrow until their wedding day in ten years. Personally, I live in a strange limbo of knowing what field I want to enter, but … Continue reading Empowered Women Empower Women

PLEN Gave Me a Taste of My Future 

Being a minority–as both hispanic and a woman–there is only so much optimism one can have for their future. My name is Chasity Sariol, and I want to beat the odds. As an average student coming from a low-middle income household, a job is necessary in order to pay for tuition bills and everyday life, … Continue reading PLEN Gave Me a Taste of My Future 

Women and Congress Taught Me to Be Confident

When I flew into Washington, D.C. in the early spring of 2016, I was in my third year of school at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and only 10 credits away from graduating. While I loved my school (despite the frigid winters), the lectures and homework had begun to feel like an interruption from … Continue reading Women and Congress Taught Me to Be Confident

Why Women and Congress Was So Worthwhile 

In March, I boarded a plane in Minneapolis, Minnesota headed for Washington, DC for the PLEN Women and Congress Seminar. I was nervous. Nervous about who I was going to meet, how I would present myself, and I was TERRIFIED about missing a week of school…during midterms…of my craziest semester yet. All I could think … Continue reading Why Women and Congress Was So Worthwhile 

I Learned to Embrace the Unexpected at Women and Congress 

There were women from different backgrounds, different parts of the country, different colleges, and with vastly different stories than my own. PLEN gathered us in one room because despite all these differences, we shared one commonality: our passion for playing an active role in the political arena. As a junior at Drake University studying Political … Continue reading I Learned to Embrace the Unexpected at Women and Congress 

Women and Congress Taught Me Not to Settle 

I had made it a point that for 2016 I would focus on making connections in order to gain a career in politics. I searched and found the Public Leadership Education Network and made a point of attending one of the seminars. The Women and Congress seminar appealed to me because of my interest in … Continue reading Women and Congress Taught Me Not to Settle