Maria McLeod

Maria McLeod

Graduation year:

2013

Majors/Minors:

Psychology and Gender Studies Major

Story:

Though I have always been interested in gender-related issues, it wasn't until I saw the film "Sin by Silence" during my sophomore year that I knew I wanted to formally study gender during my time at Notre Dame.  Originally wanting to pursue a Clinical Ph.D. in Psychology, I hoped to help battered women and adolescent girls.  I became an SOS advocate through The Family Justice Center in South Bend and spent the summer before my junior year working at a hotline for troubled teens.  However, wanting to explore all of my options before entering my senior year, I applied for the Boehnen Internship Grant and was afforded the opportunity to explore a side of gender studies I was not familiar with.  I was lucky enough to work with Bridget Brennan at The Female Factor, where I saw the gendered side of the business world.  After my summer with Bridget and the Female Factor team, I reoriented my career path and, entering my senior year, sought out job opportunities in the business world where I would be able to use both my psychology and gender studies background.  Though I will always be passionate about putting an end to domestic violence and sexual assault and helping survivors of these atrocities, I will be working for Coyote Logistics in Chicago after I graduate.  I am confident that my coursework and experiences I have received as a result of being a gender studies major will make me all the more successful after I leave Notre Dame.