Meet the Team: Alise

By RepresentWomen by on November 17, 2020

My name is Alise Blūma, and I am a Communications Intern at RepresentWomen. Born and raised in a small Northern European country called Latvia, in 2018 I packed my life up in two suitcases and began my journey towards a Bachelor's Degree in Advertising and Public Relations at the University of Tampa. 

I am currently a junior en route to graduate in 2022. I am an Advancement Student Assistant at the Office of Development and Alumni Relations on campus, as well as Vice President of the student organization The Ad Club. These experiences have allowed me to meet many inspiring professors, students and professionals, pursue my professional and personal interests further, and, most excitingly, receive permission to take the office golf cart for a spin around campus. 

Ever since I can remember, I have always known that I wanted to make a difference in the world - what this difference was, however, remained unclear for a long time. As I matured, I began to immerse myself in humanitarian literature and the current political scene of the country. Nevertheless, it is my experience in America that I credit with the epiphany I had during my sophomore year - my future lies within politics and women's advocacy Public Relations. 

This past spring, I conducted an independent study with one of my professors exploring women's role in patriarchal societies through Margaret Atwood`s texts. As part of the research, I watched Anna Boden`s mini-series Mrs. America. This led me down the neverending rabbithole - fitting for someone named after Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland - of feminist literature, history, icons, and ideas. Finally, it brought me to RepresentWomen`s doorstep and granted me the incredible opportunity to become part of an inspiring team of driven, passionate, and like-minded individuals. I am excited to pursue my passion for writing and networking whilst being part of a larger cause to empower, uplift, and represent women.

When I`m not working or studying, I enjoy tweaking my photography skills, exploring Florida's trails and wildlife, re-reading Harry Potter for what feels like the hundredth time, and immersing myself in my favorite fantasy, war, or period drama shows and movies. There isn`t much I wouldn't do for a glimpse of Rivendell, or to be referred to as Lady Alise by the staff of Downton Abbey.