During my freshman year, I was given the opportunity to enroll in a free elective course. After looking through the college's course catalog and finding out what was available that semester, I enrolled in a class called Women and War. In the beginning, I was somewhat nervous about this class because it was my first three hundred level college course, and I was the youngest student in the class. Also unlike all of my other college classes before, this one did not have any tests. Instead our grades were determined on a series of papers.
In the end, these fears were unnecessary because this was quite possibly one of my favorite classes of my college experience. This class allowed me to look at the traditional role in society that women have historically and are currently filling and how they have been redefined over the course of time. I found this class to be very relative to my future dreams because I am hoping to succeed in a male-dominated field.
One of the first papers that I was required to write for this class was about how traditional roles were redefined in the autobiography A Woman in Berlin, the diary of an anonymous German woman who lived in Berlin during the Russian occupation after World War II. For this paper I had to analyze how traditional themes of war were redefined by society during this occupation. Throughout this paper I analyzed the traditional ideas of men acting as protectors, the expected actions of victims, the perception of rape within a society, and finally the comparison of the homefront to a battlefront. I have attached a copy of this paper below.