A shy girl of eight, she and her mother had just moved to the Pikesville community from their home in the Midwest, leaving her friends – and her father – behind.
Today’s college students have it rough. Anyone who pays attention to the news has heard about how hard it is to find a job (or even an internship!), and how 53 percent of recent grads are either unemployed or underemployed. So it’s no wonder that many current students are afraid that in five years, they’ll have a diploma, a job waiting tables, and a spot sleeping on their parents’ couch. Wouldn’t it be nice if today’s college students could talk to a version of themselves five years in the future, just so the future-them could tell current-them that everything is probably going to work out okay?
As if we needed another example of Marin Alsop being the coolest lady in town, now she’s helping to organize WOW-Baltimore, a celebration of women’s achievements across all fields and “a fun, comfortable and creative space for conversation and mentorship.” Hosted by the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, the event will touch on everything from family life to health to financial literacy.
Don’t get too excited — it’s not actually going to happen until next spring (March 2012, to be exact). But Alsop and her fellow organizers want your input on how exactly the event should go down. They hosted a round of “Think-Ins” in September, and nearly 250 came. So they’re doing it again, with meetings taking place next week at Notre Dame, the Meyerhoff, and the Junior League of Baltimore (details, times, addresses here). “The subject matter will be determined by the experience in the room,” so get yourself in that room! (Men are welcome, too, of course.) Discussion, debate, event planning, Marin Alsop, and light refreshments — sounds like a dream come true.