Alumni Spotlight: Melissa A. Fabello '13
BS English Education, Boston University
Women Against Abuse
My Widener Experience
why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree in human sexuality studies?
After graduating from Boston University in 2007, I promptly moved to Atlanta to start my teaching career. There, I worked as an English teacher in an urban high school. I loved it, but as much as I loved talking about Shakespeare, the students needed something else. They needed more education around life skills, including how to navigate sexuality and relationships in a complex, media-driven world. Because sexuality as a subject was long an interest of mine, I decided to take a chance and switch career paths. And that brought me to Widener.
what is your favorite memory of widener?
The way the program in its entirety altered both the way that I view sexuality, and the way that I view education, in ways that are positive, empowering, and effective. I came out of the short two-year program with a much more defined worldview than I came in with and far more skills for wielding my talents than any other educational program had ever given me. That's a gift beyond measure.
My Professional Experience
what advice would you give a prospective student considering your graduate program?
I would advise any prospective student with an interest in human sexuality to keep an open mind. I think that most of the people in the program think that their minds are already open because they're studying something considered by many to be radical and controversial -- but that assumption can be close-minded. We all have room to grow, and that's something that I had to learn during my time at Widener. We all have something valuable to share, but we all still have learning to do. Trust that process.
what do you like most about your current position?
I’m honored to say that both of the positions that I hold—community educator at Women Against Abuse and editor of Everyday Feminism—are blessings. I get up every day knowing that I love my organizations and coworkers and that I’m working for positive change. My participation in the human sexuality studies program prepared me extremely well for my position as a community educator, giving me the skills necessary to find research-based ways to enrich my students’ lives by helping them explore their own values and perspectives.