By: Charlene Cristobal
July 7, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla -- The American Association of University Women is giving women around the country a chance to continue their education.
"Getting out that message that anyone can go to grad school and anyone can further their careers," says Lesley Perry of the AAUW. "That is one of the things that we are finding that helps bridge the gap and making sure that people are aware of it."
Stephanie Brown, a Thomasville, GA native, graduate of Valdosta State University and first year FSU graduate student recently received an $11,000 career development grant from AAWU to work on getting her Master's degree.
"I was definitely very excited," says Stephanie. When we asked her what she wanted to do when she completed her degree program, she said, "As you can tell, I stutter. So, one population that I eventually want to work with post-graduation is other people who stutter."
Stephanie taught classes at VSU, with their Early Childhood Development program, for three years. But then she decided she wanted to do something different. That's when she decided to pursue a degree with FSU in the Communication Science and Disorders college.
"When you think about it, you start working after college; typically when you're 21 or 22. That gives you 40 years to work," Associate Director of the FSI SCSD, Julie Stierwalt says. "So, a lot of people decide once they get into one field, something else peaks their interest or there's something else that they'd really like to do." Julie says that this grant program will help alleviate some of the financial burdens that might come with choosing a different career path.
Stephanie has a message for other women who want to further their education. "Just because you started in one field, if you find that you're not happy with it, you don't have to continue to be unhappy in that field."