Meet Eve: The Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Graduate Assistant
Name: Eve Liptak
Q. What are you studying at Fairfield?
A. I am completing my final semester in the Communication MA program. Something that attracted me to this program was how versatile the course options are so that I could approach the subject from a variety of angles.
Q. What was your undergraduate experience?
A. I attended SUNY Purchase College for my undergraduate degree. A liberal arts school located outside of New York City, this location exposed me to both a diverse curriculum as well as student population. I started as a journalism major, but felt I wanted to learn more than just how to contribute to the media but also the “behind-the-scenes”. I received my B.A in Media Studies, a mix of hands-on media training, advertising, and sociology. Through this coursework we often touched upon the areas of women, gender, and sexuality. I would say two of my most influential courses were “Media Representations & Identity” and “Introduction to Women’s Studies”.
Q. Why did you want to work as a graduate assistant in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies?
A. I wanted to work as a GA in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies because the areas have always been an interest of mine. When I was in high school I attended a class trip to see a one woman show of Eve Ensler’s “The Good Body”. I recall how I’d never really considered these subjects before and how revealing that experience was. I think it’s important that we explore the areas of women, gender, and sexuality because they are so influential and interdisciplinary.
These topics are not just areas that continuously reappear in my academic studies but are a part of our everyday lives. They are fields that are regularly influencing, changing, and expanding and I think the program name change reflects that.
I’m proud to see Fairfield University is part of the conversation on women, gender, and sexuality and to be able to contribute to this program as their graduate assistant.
Q. What is the best part of the job?
A. Sending out emails…Just kidding!
My favorite part of the job would have to be seeing all of the great work that not only the faculty and staff are completing, but also the students. I have been very impressed at what an active student community there is and the creativity and scope of these events and projects! I’m happy to be able to assist with these programs and also act as a resource to students interested in learning more about WGSS. Feel free to stop by DMH 115 to say hello!
Q. What do you do when not on campus?
A. I’m also very interested in the arts, so when I’m not on campus I’m often helping with a local gallery event. Aside from that I like to spend most of my time doing “normal” things like hanging out with friends, seeing live music or movies, visiting NYC, and walking around my neighborhood with my adorable Bichon “Orion”.
Q. What is something you would tell undergraduate students as they prepare to graduate?
A. Focus on what you’re most passionate about and it will make any task seem less like work.
And back-up all your important assignments! You don’t want to learn that lesson the hard way.