Studio Art and Theatre graduate Jordan Edwards ’13 talked to us about the excitement of being a Big Sister, how Converse helped her build confidence, and why she supports Converse with a Planned Gift.
What is one of your favorite Converse memories?
“I have fantastic memories from my time at Converse, but I particularly enjoy one from my junior year. I was a member of Res Life and living in a freshman dorm at the time. Katie Martin ’15 wanted me to be her Big so badly. I was in my room when the runner came to let me know who my Littles were. When she saw Katie sitting there, she had a small moment of crisis before gathering herself to ask Katie to stand in the hallway for a minute. Sure enough, Katie was on my list! When she came back to my room, Katie was full of excitement, but I wanted to keep it a surprise. I used my theatre minor and told her I wasn’t her Big. She was so bummed, and I felt so bad, but to surprise her on reveal night was definitely worth it!”
What inspired you to provide a planned gift to Converse?
“My time at Converse was truly pivotal in my personal development, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without those experiences. I work for nonprofits and understand the impact of planned giving. If anything were to happen to me unexpectedly, I want the organization I care so much about, to receive what I can provide to help future generations of shy, awkward girls become confident, thoughtful women.”
By directing your investments to the areas that you’re passionate about, you can help make the Converse experience better for many future generations to come.Jordan Edwards ’13
Why do you believe it is important to invest in Converse’s future?
“Investing in the future makes change possible. I absolutely loved my time at Converse, but also acknowledge that my experience wasn’t universal. Change is necessary. If Converse wants to create and develop a community that exemplifies its core values, then those core values need to be reflected throughout their campus, including the administration, faculty, and staff. If Converse doesn’t listen to the ever-changing needs of its community, especially those who are underrepresented, our beloved alma mater might not be an ideal choice for prospective students. Donors have power through choice. By directing your investments to the areas that you’re passionate about, you can help make the Converse experience better for many future generations to come.”