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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Every Time I See A College Tour Group Walk By I Just Want to Scream 'It's a TRAAAPP!'

The tour guide is good - they're just a liar.

It's officially that time of year - anywhere you walk on campus, there's bound to be a gaggle of parents and befuddled high school students winding their way through building after building. In front of them stands an overenthusiastic tour guide, spouting off statistics about the school so fast they'll make your head spin.

Unfortunately, what the tour guide says doesn't exactly line up with what goes on at the school. Oh, the things we students wish we could shout out to the parents as they pass by.

1. "You'll get sick of the dining!"

It may look like there's something new to eat every single day, but by the end of the semester, you'll be sick of everything except the things closest at home.

2. "I'm only here for the free t-shirts!"


3. "IT'S A TRAP!"

Seriously, part two. You get two of three things: a social life, sleep, or good grades. Whoever said you could have all three is lying.

4. "Welcome to the real world, suckers!"

It's got confrontation, taking care of yourself, and formal emails. (Which, of course, your professor will respond with 'k thnx bai' sent from their iPhone.)

5. "Say goodbye to sleep!"

There are three types of people on campus: tea drinkers, coffee drinkers, and people with energy drinks running through their veins.


Check all of your housing options before you move in. The dorm they're showing you might be the worst housing area on campus.


You're getting squat. Free tuition? Try the tune of $13k a year. Or more. Depending.

8. "The library is NOT the best study place."

Depending on your major, there are several places for you to study that aren't the library.

9. "The health center sucks!"

True fact: word through the grapevine is that someone once got antibiotics for a sprained ankle.You may as well sell that leg on the black market to cover the costs.

10. "Believe the roommate horror stories!"

All random roommates are horrible unless proven otherwise. (But be wary of everyone.)

11. "SI (student instructor) sessions are useless."

You will learn nothing . Chances are you'll end up correcting the instructor.

12. "The freshman fifteen is optional."

Some people don't gain it at all, and some people really gain it. It's up to you.

13. "You'll need a car!!"

If, for some reason you can't pay for the overpriced parking pass, find a friend who can.

14. "Hookup culture is real!"

But it's not for everyone. Just because everyone is doing it doesn't mean you have to.

15. "Campus jobs are a myth!"

Campus job? What's a campus job? Do you have work-study? No? No job for you. Have you tried the local coffee shop?

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