10 Things I'm Tired Of As A Woman In The STEM Field

10 Things I'm Tired Of As A Woman In The STEM Field

Just because there aren't as many of us doesn't mean we aren't capable.

I've always been kind of a STEM nerd.

I joined the math team in the 8th grade, joined a robotics team in high school, tutored, always did well in my classes, and was never good at English or History.

After declaring my major as mechanical engineering, and now that I'm pursuing a minor in mathematics, I very quickly noticed a trend.

Girls??? In engineering????

These are just a few things that have gotten to my near last nerve:

1. "Do you know how to use *insert basic hand tool here*?"

Why, no, I have no idea what this hammer does.

2. "What's the matter, did you break a nail?"

You got me. I'm crying and profusely bleeding because my nail is broken. It definitely has nothing with the fact that I just took a drill to the hand.

3. Taking things out of my hands.

I was doing just fine with the caliper, but thanks for showing me that you can do it the exact same way!

4. Only giving me the PowerPoint/presentation of the group projects.

I am worth so much more than putting together someone else's work.

5. "At least it will be easy for you to find a husband"

I definitely chose this career to make sure I land myself a man. Thank you so much for your reassurance.

6. "You _____ pretty well... for a girl"

I'm sorry you need to justify my abilities and remind yourself that I am, indeed, a girl.

7. "Isn't that a job for like, you know, guys?"

Silly me, what am I doing here? I must have forgotten that there's a gender restriction on careers.

8. "Are you sure you can do that?"

If I wasn't too sure, I would either a) ask for help, or b) not be doing it.

9. "If you're looking for the nursing wing, it's on the second floor."

It's only the fourth week of the semester, but thanks, I think I can get to my calculus class just fine.


Well thank goodness they made power tools that I can be seen with. My feminine charm can only be matched by a pink machine.

Don't let them get to you. Do it up, ladies.

Build. Calculate. Evaluate. Research. Code. Fix. Develop. Program. Discover. Solve.

STEM like a girl.

Cover Image Credit: http://connectedtech.org/blog/where-are-the-women-in-stem/

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1. They will do anything for you, literally.

My stepdad has done any and every thing for me. From when I was little until now. He was and still is my go-to. If I was hungry, he would get me food. If something was broken, he would fix it. If I wanted something, he would normally always find a way to get it. He didn't spoil me (just sometimes), but he would make sure that I was always taken care of.

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2. Life lessons.

Yup, the tough one. My stepdad has taught me things that I would have never figured out on my own. He has stood beside me through every mistake. He has been there to pick me up when I am down. My stepdad is like the book of knowledge: crazy hormonal teenage edition. Boy problems? He would probably make me feel better. He just always seemed to know what to say. I think that the most important lesson that I have learned from my stepdad is: to never give up. My stepdad has been through three cycles of leukemia. He is now in remission, yay!! But, I never heard him complain. I never heard him worry and I never saw him feeling sorry for himself. Through you, I found strength.

3. He loved me as his own.

The big one, the one that may seem impossible to some step parents. My stepdad is not actually my stepdad, but rather my dad. I will never have enough words to explain how grateful I am for this man, which is why I am attempting to write this right now. It takes a special kind of human to love another as if they are their own. There had never been times where I didn't think that my dad wouldn't be there for me. It was like I always knew he would be. He introduces me as his daughter, and he is my dad. I wouldn't have it any other way. You were able to show me what family is.

So, dad... thanks. Thanks for being you. Thanks for being awesome. Thanks for being strong. Thanks for loving me. Thanks for loving my mom. Thanks for giving me a wonderful little sister. Thanks for being someone that I can count on. Thanks for being my dad.

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14 Honest College Things The Class Of 2023 Needs To Know ~Before~ Fall Semester

Sit down, be humble.


To The Class of 2023,

Before you start your college career, please know:

1. Nobody...and I mean nobody gives a shit about your AP Calculus scores.


" I got a 5 in Calc AB AND BC, a 5 in AP Literature, awh but I only got a 4 in AP Chem"

2. THE SAME GOES FOR YOUR SAT/ACT SCORES + nobody will know what you're talking about because they changed the test like 10 times since.


3. College 8 AMs are not the same as your 0 period orchestra class in 12th grade.


4. You're going to get rejected from a lot of clubs and that does not make you a failure.


5. If you do get into your clubs, make sure not to overwhelm or overcommit yourself.

visual representation of what it looks like when you join too many clubs


6. It's OK to realize that you don't want to be pre-med or you want to change majors.


7. There will ALWAYS ALWAYS be someone who's doing better than you at something but that doesn't mean you're behind.


8. "I'm a freshman but sophomore standin-" No, you don't have to clarify that, you'll sound like an asshole.


9. You may get your first ever B-, C+ or even D OR EVEN A W in your life. College is meant to teach you how to cope with failure.


10. Go beyond your comfort zone. Join a theatre club if you're afraid of public speaking. Join an animal rescue club if you're afraid of animals. College is learning more about yourself.


11. Scholarships do exist. APPLY APPLY APPLY.


12. Don't try to brag about all the stuff you did in high school, you'll just sound like a weenie hut jr. scout


13. Understand and be sensitive to the fact that everybody around you has a different experience and story of getting to university.


14. You're going to be exposed to people with different opinions and views, don't fight them. Instead, try to explain your perspective and listen to their reasoning as well.


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