Alumni Voices: One Chapter Closes, Another Begins

Throughout the years of my college endeavors, I was determined to become someone who can impact the lives of others. I set myself to break barriers, confront obstacles and tackle them with passion.

I recently graduated from the University of Florida, and would not have been fulfilled without being part of my chapter’s She’s the First family. I was one of them, like the scholars. Not only a member at that time, but also a first-generation female college graduate in my own Hispanic family.

Where I come from, education for girls in Latin America is a challenge due to financial, governmental and social issues. I learned that other communities also face these day-to-day challenges and share the same issues together from every hidden corner in the world. Joining my chapter gave me the power to influence community change and empower other females like my mother, who did not have the opportunity to attend higher education in a country with low-income resources.

Throughout the years of my college endeavors, I was determined to become someone who can impact the lives of others. I set myself to break barriers, confront obstacles and tackle them with passion.

As commencement season closes, I’d like to express my sincere gratitude for this amazing organization filled with inspiring female leaders. I learned from my fellow Gator gals that our voice counts. Each voice represents a different idea, race and issue. I was surrounded by a wise, over-achieving and diverse student body.

Being part of the chapter network allowed me to apply my skills from numerous public relations courses into our fundraising and awareness events. I utilized our Twitter account and campus newspaper to spread awareness about our campaigns all while connecting with potential donors. I had the chance to witness the inception of several new fundraising tactics organized by my chapter, including Sweat for STF Relay Race, Day of the Girl UF Summit and Cupcake Catering. I speak of STF in my job interviews and even at social events. Advocating for this organization exposed me into nonprofit relations and made me grow into the person I am today.

I am currently looking forward to my first-ever STF Leadership Summit, which I’m eager to attend for personal learning experience and networking opportunities. While being part of the STF Alumni Association, I also look forward to the day I can open my own nonprofit organization and partner with those who believe the same. The power of a girl child.

Are you interested in sharing your STF*{Campus} Alumni story? Contact Cierra Kaler-Jones at cierra@shesthefirst.org!