From The Women In STEM

From The Women In STEM

This is what they don't tell you as a female science major.

From wearing natural hair to work, to realizing that medical school is not for you - women of various backgrounds have recently shared with my fellow classmates and I, not only the hardships of a science major - but the hurdles a woman in the STEM field must overcome. Their career pathways weren't always direct - that golden dream of medical school turning just a bit too molten, impractical, and unrealistic for them - but yet they persevered and pursued the road not planned.

So what wisdom have they imparted? Well for one, you are still a woman. Radical sexism and discrimination aside, you cannot be rid of your gender. You may alter it, you may accept it, you may even choose to ignore it - but genetically and historically - you were perceived to wear the skirt and apron - not the sterile, white lab coat. So as a woman, take a step back and realize that you are going to have hurdles your male counterparts won't have. While history is revolutionizing itself in terms of gender-stereotyped roles, it still stands that you might want a family - and you might be encumbered for a few months. So understand that it is okay to take a break - it is okay, to demand for shorter hours - you can leave and find a better school, job, or maybe even major that will respect what and who you are. Sometimes medical school isn’t for you, sometimes being a physical assistant, is more accommodating for your future goals beyond the dream job.

Because you are a woman. You are not the shadow counterpart of your colleagues or bosses. You are entitled to your rights, to put your foot down, and make sure you get the equality you deserve.

Key word: equality.

Equality, because you are a woman - you will have to balance on the edge of overconfident and humbleness. And what do I mean by that? One night, one student asked the panelists if it was professional or not to wear her natural hair to interview - and to an extent - work. One of the directors of one of the largest pharmaceutical companies, Daiichi Sankyo, said that it depends. America is revolutionizing, but other countries are still years behind in gender stereotyping. She advised caution and told the student to let the natural come out, when her actions have spoken for her abilities. The lesson here, is that revolution is a risk. As a whole, the professional world is still predominantly misogynic - and the choice to wear your natural hair, get that crazy hair color, is up to you. Ask yourself this: can you risk it?

However, besides being a woman there were a few key points that were said which could be universally used by everyone.

Network. Network like your life depends on it. In this day and age of technology and virtual associations, a degree is sometimes not enough to land you the job. If your future employers can speak to someone who they know, and who also personally know you – they will. And if the liaison’s word is good, you most likely will get that position. Besides that, networking can also go beyond the word of recommendation and find or even give you an offer for a job.

Learn to understand. Do not learn just go get that A or barely passing, B. If you can understand the material, you will be set for the future. If you only learn to forget after the test, you will struggle in the future. In the sciences, everything you learn from your first year and beyond is used as a foundation to learn bigger and more complex things. So don’t set yourself up for failure and month-long cram sessions in the future. Get the material down now, and let your final, cumulative exam pass by like a breeze. Or something close enough to a breeze.

Understand your worth, understand you are a woman, network – learn and retain, and you will make it big out there future STEM worker.

Cover Image Credit: Bill Dickinson

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Second Half Of The Semester Problems, As Told By Michael Scott

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The second half of spring semester is so bittersweet. The fun of spring break is sadly behind us, but we have the promise of summer to keep us going. We all know this struggle, and apparently, so does Michael Scott from "The Office."

You have absolutely no motivation to do your schoolwork after tasting the freedom of spring break.

Spring break has left you broke as a joke for the rest of the semester.

Your professors expect you to memorize an entire textbook before final exams.

You thought the semester was going extremely well until all of your professors decided to bombard you with assignments all at once.

You pull multiple all-nighters and practically overdose on caffeine just to get your homework done.

You just pretend your homework doesn't exist until you literally can't anymore.

All of your friends are getting into serious relationships but you are still single.

Your professors tell you that there won't be any extra credit opportunities before the semester ends.

All your friends are out having fun and partying when you have a morning class the next day.

When you do finally get to go out, you go a little too hard to make up for lost time.

You and your friends are supposed to be in a study group but you end up just goofing off the whole time instead.

That one annoying student in class reminds the professor that there was homework.

When your professor is still trying to lecture even after your class is supposed to be over.

You realize you only have a few short weeks left until final exams start.

You get a bad grade on an assignment you thought you did well on.

You are almost asleep, but then remember that you had homework due the next morning.

Your classes drag on for what feels like hours when in reality it's only been a few minutes.

You have multiple assignments and projects that start to all blur together by the end of the semester.

You have essays that you have to completely BS because you have no idea what to write about.

Your parents, family members or advisors ask you about your future plans even though you have no idea what to do.

Your professors lecture you on topics that you won't be tested on.

You procrastinate on your homework until the very last minute in hopes of finishing it the day before.

You realize you've been studying for so long you haven't left your house all day.

When exams finally come and you feel totally unprepared.

You start to think of extreme methods to pass your exams instead of just actually studying.

Keep your head up, fellow student. I know it's long and hard, but you will definitely make it through the rest of this semester!

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13 Thoughts Broadcast Journalism Majors Have When Piecing Together Their First News Story

Quiet on the set.


So you've decided that you want to be a Broadcast Journalist?

Many different thoughts go through you're while trying to first off figure out what story you want to pursue. After that, it's just a matter of getting everything that is needed for it and then putting it together.

For all clarity and purposes, I have already turned in my first news story, however as I was completing it, some (if not all) of these thoughts (or a variation of them) came across my mind at some point during the process.

1. Ok, so what are the important parts to my story?


And how do I convey those things to my viewers?

2. What b-roll should I get?

B-roll is supplemental or alternative footage intercut with the main shot.

3. Do I have all the interviews I need?


Who are the essential figures in this story?

4. What's my angle? How do I stick to it?

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Who do I need to interview for it?

5. What questions should I ask in my interview?


And more importantly, What type of questions will get me the answers I want?

6. What are the important facts?


Should they all be included?

7. Do my voice overs cover everything that my interviews don't?


What else is needed for this story?

8. Agh, my video is over the 1 minute and 30 seconds allowed time.


Do I reduce it or do I leave it as is? I guess it depends on how much its over.

9. How should I say my tageline at the end of the video?

tag line

The tagline is when the reporter says their name and their station affiliation at the end of their story.

10. Should I include a standup? Where should it be?


What do I want to say?

11. Should I include a graphic?

news graphics

Is there something that can be said in a list form that the viewers need to see? Is it symptoms of a disease? Event details?

12. How do I make my interviews connect with my voice overs?


Does what I am saying make sense?

13. What does my script need to look like?


Should I add a NAT pop here? What SOT (Sound on Tape) do I want to use?

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