“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”–Mahatma Ghandi
Graduate Annie Buck has done her best to be the change she wishes to see in the world. As a student, she has sought to educate herself and others, primarily on feminist and social justice issues.
Buck said she “kind of got on the bandwagon and got into the feminist movement” during her freshman year.
Now Buck is one of three leaders of the Feminist Coalition. She has spent her time in the Feminist Coalition teaching her peers about a variety of feminist issues, including sexual health, which she learned about for 36 hours through Planned Parenthood’s Peer-to-Peer Education Program.
Buck has also spent time as an Amnesty International member, writing letters petitioning for the release of wrongly imprisoned people and sending them to government officials, helping to fundraise and campaign in order to spread awareness of the cases which the group was working on.
Her service of and dedication to the clubs like the Feminist Coalition and Amnesty International reveals a passion for helping others and making their lives better.
Buck plans to continue working for similar kinds of change–both at Tulane University, which she will attend starting in the fall of 2017, and well after her formal education is over by joining similar clubs and staying active in the Women’s March movement.
Buck has said she would like to study biochemistry, gender studies or anthropology in college and to be an OB GYN doctor in the Peace Corps or Doctors Without Borders in the future.
“Ultimately, the goal is to help women around the world, so when I become a doctor, I can help teach sex-ed to children, people and other college kids,” Buck said.
All in all, Buck has “really enjoyed the friendships” she has made with teachers and peers through her involvement in the feminist movement and social justice groups. However, she has one regret.
“It would’ve been cool to get into the institutional change part of it with policy and stuff, but hopefully I can do that in college,” Buck said.
As the future looms large, people, places and problems will change. Still, one thing is certain: Annie Buck will continue to advocate for change and being the change she wishes to see in the world.
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