It’s here, guys!!!!!!! I sat in my room today listening to Kendrick Lamar’s “Damn” and crying tears of joy. After quite the labor of love, my grad school thesis/capstone project is here. I had so much fun working on this project, even when I was stressing about getting it done on time and perfecting every little aspect of it.
I traveled far and wide for this project, but the span of wisdom I’ve picked up from my journey stretches even farther and wider than any amount I physically traveled. These wise old women (yes, I’m allowed to call them old, as they are all over the age of 85) were incredible. The hours I spent with these women are hours that I will remember for the rest of my life. They taught me how to live life, but they also taught me about myself along the way. I walked away from working on this project with seven incredible role models.
I’ve always believed that everyone has a story to tell, and I’d like to thank my professors for believing in me and in this project. Because of them, I had the great fortune and opportunity to tell the stories of these women.
One of the biggest takeaways that I got from working on this project, though, is that the stories of women don’t need to and shouldn’t stop here. I’m proud to be a woman, and I’m proud of and amazed by the plights women before me have overcome just to make it a little easier for me. These women aren’t necessarily recognized, or at least all of them aren’t. Some of these women are just every day women, which is exactly why they deserve to be recognized for their unique and extraordinary contributions to this world. Every woman counts.
I think that now more than ever young women need to listen to stories from women who have lived full lives and accomplished some amazing feats. They could use the words and actions of these wise old women and take them to heart. At least, I know that I could. In a world where women put down other women, I like to hear stories about women lifting up other women.
I created this project for me, for young women like me, for young women totally different from me, for old women, for any women in between young and old and, yes, for MEN too. I cannot forget men. Despite the men that put women down, I truly believe there are twice as many men out there who respect, appreciate and lift women up.
Take a minute tonight, sit down, get comfortable, unwind from the crazy world you live in, put in your headphones and watch the videos in this project. Read through the stories. I hope I can help you visualize these seven amazing women, and then your mind stems off and you think of all of the amazing women in your life. Then, I ask you to share this project with your brother, sister, friend, significant other, aunt, dog or whoever else is important to you. Share it on your social media page. Tell the world about it.
As my six years at Loyola University Chicago come to an end, I’d like to thank this wonderful Jesuit institution from the bottom of my heart. I truly grew so much, learned so much and became a better person here. This place always believed in me and what I could do. They let me live out my passions, and now I am going to go out in the world and try to make it a little better place, while continuing to live out my passions. It’s a bittersweet time, to be graduating next week from Loyola round two, only this time with a Master’s degree instead of a Bachelor’s degree. I’m not scared but excited for the unknown that lies ahead. Like anything else in my life, I’m going to make it epic. 🙂
Thank you from the bottom of my heart to every single one of you that have been with me and continue to follow me on my journey! You don’t know how much I appreciate it.
Without further ado, here is the link to my capstone project website, and I hope the stories of these wise old women can bring you as much joy as they brought me:
Ally Spiroff, out. *Obama inspired mic drop*
As always, peace, love and running (fast),