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Sarah Hejma

Projects/Teams: Web and Campus

School: University of Cincinnati

Major/minor: Double major in Women’s and Urban Studies

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Advice for future interns: Be positive! DC and the feminist work that we do can be very daunting at times and can be kind of a downer. This internship is what you make of it. Have fun and smile! Don’t be afraid to ask questions, the more the better. Have an open mind to experiencing new things and hearing new ideas. DC is a great city, go out and explore. This internship is more that just about the 9-6 job.

Favorite experience at FMF: I don’t have a specific “favorite experience,” but the aspect of this internship that I have liked the most is interacting with all the staff, on and off “the clock.” They are not only extremely knowledgeable and amazing at what they do, but they are also very welcoming and make the office feel like home.

Favorite Choices Campus blog post: This is such a hard question because I love blogging probably too much for my own good. But, if I had to pick a few favorites, they would be “Women and the City,” “Let’s Take A Trip Down The Cereal Aisle,” and “Why Women Blog.” If you liked these posts and want to read more, a little shameless plug here, check out my personal blog called Writing With Lipstick.

What does feminism mean to you?: "Feminism" is more than just an ideology for me, it’s a part of my lifestyle. It is a part of the way I live my life. I feel that feminism is the idea that women should feel free in the world and within themselves to pursue anything that they want and not be held back politically, socially, or economically because of their gender or race. It's about all women being equal citizens and being able to find strength in one's gender. I identify as a feminist because I have experienced how powerful women helping women can be and I want to pass that on to fellow women and to future generations of women. I am so proud to be a woman!

Favorite quote/personal quote: If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we are not really living. Growth demands a temporary surrender of security. - Gail Sheehy

Favorite places in DC: Tryst Coffeehouse (yummy soy cappuccinos!), Adams Morgan, riding the Metro, the farmers’ markets and Busboys and Poets.

Future plans: Move to NYC and work in advocacy and community organizing for urban women!