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Women's and Gender Studies Ambassadors

Marel Smietana

Vice President of CLASS Ambassador Program

Marel Smietana

Major: Anthropology

Classification: Sophomore

Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs

Tips for success within your major and college: "Build relationships! It's so important to have a good support system in place as a college student. Having peers and faculty members that you can turn to for advice or help can be invaluable. Relationships with faculty are also useful for letters of recommendation and undergraduate research opportunities."

What I wish I knew as a freshmen: "First, I wish I knew that it's okay to say no sometimes. It's great to take advantage of the opportunities you are given, but don't overwhelm yourself. Stretching yourself too thin just leads to burnout. Second, I wish I knew how important it is to communicate with your professors. If you're struggling in their course, or if outside factors like mental health are affecting your work, talk to them! Your professors, for the most part, want to see you succeed."

A campus office or service I recommend: "The Pride Alliance has a lot of great resources for LGBTQ+ students, including access to gender-affirming clothing like binders, fun community events, and self-care packages!"

Career goals: "I would love to work with the National Park Service or in a museum, particularly as an educator or cultural resource specialist. My dream is to combine my anthropological training with my love of storytelling, and to help people tell their stories for empowerment and social justice."

Hobbies: "In my free time, I like to paint, sing, and play guitar and ukulele. I also love playing Dungeons & Dragons!"


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