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Career AND Passions


My name is Abby Johnson and I am a junior at UW-Eau Claire (UWEC). I am an Accounting major and a double minor in Economics and Women’s Studies. I transferred in the fall of my sophomore year and it was one of the best decisions of my life. I have found that people at UWEC are warm and welcoming. The faculty genuinely care about the success of their students and would bend over backwards to help them.

I always have known I wanted to do something in the realm of accounting and business, but my passion has never aligned with the capitalist business model. I found this to be an inner dilemma and I was not sure what I could do to use my accounting skills and pursue my passion.

Last summer, I had the amazing opportunity to study abroad in Argentina, where I learned about their culture, society, and economics. This really opened my mind to the possibilities of where my career could take me. After getting to know Dr. Rose-Marie Avin and seeing how she supplements her economic career with a feminist perspective, I started to wonder if I could do the same. That notion brought me to the decision to add a Women’s Studies minor with which I could complement my accounting background.

Shortly after making that decision, I decided to go out on a whim and apply for a financial internship with the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, an organization I have a great deal of respect and admiration for. I did not think much would come of it, but after recently being contacted and interviewed, I am proud to announce I have been offered a summer financial internship at Planned Parenthood’s national headquarters in New York City.

I believe that this is a perfect example of “The Power of AND” that we hear about around campus. I have paired a profession that I love with a cause that I am equally passionate about.  After taking the initiative, I feel that I have finally found the path that I want to continue throughout my academic and professional career.


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