Name: Mara Renold
School & Year: CSON’13
Major: Nursing, Minor: Hispanic Studies
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I consider myself an adventurous, independent woman who loves family, friends, and traveling (and my two dogs!). I came to Boston College from Northbrook, IL having spent little time on the East Coast and knowing no one in the area. Soon after, I met a group of girls who I consider my BC family and are my stronghold on rainy New England days. I chose to be a nursing major and it has been the best decision I’ve ever made. Through nursing school and volunteering, I’ve had the opportunity to be present with others during difficult times in their lives, and I consider this a blessing.
2. What are you most passionate about?
I don’t have any one specific passion, but I’d say I’m addicted to trying new things. I’ve tried just about every hobby from horseback riding to dancing to ultimate Frisbee. The things I keep coming back to are music, travel, and volunteering. I also just generally like to be friendly and say hello to everyone, maybe because I’m from the Midwest.
3. How do you define “feminism”?
To me, feminism is acknowledging the strength, compassion, and perseverance that women possess in any given situation. Last semester I did a clinical rotation on a pediatric oncology unit. I was expecting the mothers on the floor to fall apart from knowing that their child has cancer and the fear that accompanies this knowledge. The moms show incredible emotional strength in keeping things together for their son or daughter. The bond between mother and child is really amazing to see.
4. Why do you identify yourself as a feminist?
I grew up in a family of strong women. My middle name Rosalie is after my great great grandmother who escaped the holocaust with her kids and took them on a boat to Ellis Island. That’s not to say the men in my family aren’t also strong. When it comes to men and women deserving equal rights and pay, that’s not a question it’s a fact.
5. Who or what inspires you?
My mom is a nurse and she has always shown compassion and selflessness to everyone around her. She is the type of mom who loves having guests over and cooks way too much food just incase there isn’t enough for everyone. There are times when my friends come over at midnight and she insists on “heating up a snack” for us, which always turns into a feast. I hope to be as compassionate and selfless as she is.
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