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Helping Our Girls Rise One Step At A Time

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Kean chapter.




Sometimes as college students we take advantage of our educational opportunities. At one time or another an average college student will skip at least one class whether it is to enjoy a warm sunny day, or party on a casual weekday. Needless to say, as an American citizen even from a Latino descent I’ve had many opportunities such as being able to attend a public school until the age of 18 and receive financial aid to help pay for my bachelor’s degree here at Kean University. Yet there are 66 million girls among us who are missing from classrooms worldwide.

The award winning documentary, “Girl Rising” share the stories of nine girls from different parts of the world who all find the determination and strength to become educated. It is sad to to say that although we celebrate Women’s History Month every year, there are areas in the world where women are not appreciated at all. In Afghanistan for example, the average woman will live to only 45 and more than half of all brides are 16.

I recommend that you watch this heart-rending film and discover how lucky you are to receive an education. You can even begin to initiate change by contributing to this global campaign for girl’s education by hosting a fundraiser or screening. You can even spread the word among fellow classmates or friends. Use the voices that these females do not have and create change.

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Ashley AlvarezPublic Administration/MarketingI am currently a sophomore at Kean University and I am originally from Elizabeth, NJ. I enjoy doing a number of activities such as writing, reading, and keeping up with the latest fashion trends. I wish to work for a non-profit organization one day and hopefully change the world.
I received my Associate's degree in Liberal Arts Journalism at Middlesex County College. I have a variety of Journalism experience. I was in charge of children's newsletter at a summer camp program. I worked on a news report at MCC about a program called "Give Kids a Smile" and this program provided free dental care to children. I am great at digital photography, interviewing, and networking. I also wrote for two school newspapers.The first was "Quo Vadis" for Middlesex County College. I am currently a second time writer for "The Tower" newspaper at Kean. I am currently the Vice President of Her Campus for the Fall semester 2013 and during the Spring I will be the President of Her Campus Kean magazine. This May 2014 I will be graduating with my Bachelor's degree in Communications/ Journalism.