The She Roars conference (story, page 39) couldn’t have fallen on a more perfect and poignant time for so many of us. I joined the conference after a long flight from London, where I currently reside. For me, it was an ideal moment, as I’ve been in a transitional moment in my career while also feeling swept up not only in America’s current political climate but also in life abroad, and I was so eager to jump into conversations with fellow Princeton women.
After earning my Ph.D. in international relations at the London School of Economics last year, attending the She Roars panel on “Liberating the Ph.D.: Diverse Career Paths with a Doctorate” was the perfect opportunity for conversations to help tease out many of the anxieties, questions, and curiosities I currently face in exploring next steps in my career.
Complementing such targeted panels with a range of sessions on issues unrelated to my studies — exploring journalism, wellness, leadership, and other areas — was a welcome respite from the more specific advice I was seeking and provided many undiscovered sources of information and inspiration. Topping this off with meals shared with dear ’10 friends alongside Princeton ’73 and ’74 women who told remarkable stories of persistence and drive — all with an incredible sense of humor and camaraderie — was more than I could have expected from just three short days.