The Benefits Of Being A College Woman In A STEM Major

7 Reasons Why Being A Woman In S-T-E-M Is The B-E-S-T

Science shouldn't be something to be afraid of, it should be something to embrace and conquer.

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Growing up, I used to think science was only for boys. I read articles about male scientists discovering all sorts of neat things, but I never thought I could become a scientist like them. As I embarked on my college journey, I realized that there are women, like me, who believed they couldn't become something big in the STEM field. This article is to encourage those the women out there that believe they're not supposed to be in the STEM field.

1. I feel like a BOSS

And it feels so good! Being in the STEM field has taught me that even though society tells me I can't do something big because I'm a woman, I sure as hell have a place to be something big in science. STEM empowers me to be a role model for young girls who aspire to become scientists. It gives me a cape so that I can feel like SuperWoman. It allows me to escape from reality and focus on a subject that I love. For me, STEM is a field of freedom.

2. I get to show my male colleagues how it's done

I'm not trying to say men are stupid buttt they are (totally kidding... but not really). When my male colleagues ask me for help or when they feel inferior when I'm good at something they aren't, I feel empowered. For so many years, women were looking up to men and feeling inferior but not it's quite the opposite. There are more female scientists coming into the field and I've definitely seen the impact. I can confidently say that women are here to stay. The future is female and if that offends any of my male readers, then sorry but I'm not sorry. We've waited far too long for a powerful female presence in the STEM field and we're finally starting to see them show others how it's done.

3. I had no role model, so I vowed to become a role model

It's true, I had no real female role models growing up. I felt like I was a helpless little girl stuck in a man's world. As harsh as that sounds, it was a reality for me at the time. Once I decided I wanted to be in STEM, I made a promise to myself that I would become a role model for other little girls out there. I want to show girls that it's OK to be a woman and a scientist and that the two shouldn't be something to be scared of being in today's world. I want to help girls feel strong and smart. I grew up thinking I didn't have the qualities to be in the STEM field. I realized later on that you learn so many intelligent qualities once you agree on entering the field. I want to be a role model and I want to be the leader of inspiring little girls to follow their science dreams.

4. I wanna be on TV someday

I used to see so many great scientists show off their work during interviews on major TV networks. Their work was absolutely mind-blowing. I realized I want to be like them and one day show off my work on national television. I'm not asking for a claim to fame, but I want to be able to talk about my scientific discoveries and share my work with the world. It's a dream of mine that still has a long way to go, but I know I will be able to make my dream into a reality.

5. SO many ideas

Once you decide on being in STEM, there are almost always a crazy amount of ideas jumping around in your head and you have no idea where to put them all. Well, that's what's so great about STEM. You can explore each and every one of your ideas down to the little details and stumble upon more and more ideas. STEM is all about discovering new ideas and jumping from one way of thinking to another. Every day is a new day for learning something new, which is one of the reasons why I love STEM so much. Every day is a new mystery waiting to be explored.

6. Confidence

STEM gives me a stable ground to put both feet on and feel confident that I'll be OK. There are plenty of fields that may seem kind of worrisome but STEM strengthens me and reassures me that I'm in the right field. It's given me hope that I can stay in this field till the end of time and still be financially and mentally stable. There are so many people who are willing to help you grow in science, and I'm so lucky to have met such people. They give me confidence that I can pursue my dreams without any regrets.

7. It's my passion

Lastly, science is my passion. It's everything I love, care for, and respect, all in one. There are still so many developments that need to be made but just thinking about the future and the love I have for STEM makes me excited for what's to come. I've been told before that I shouldn't be in medicine and that it's not the right field for women. I want to show those people that I'm here to stay and that my passion is so strong for science that I am willing to do anything for it. I know the future is going to be great and until then, I will continue this journey to pursue my dreams and follow my passion.

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6 Things I Didn't Really Need in My Freshman Dorm, And 6 Things I Wish I Brought Instead

I promise you, being Pinterest-worthy just doesn't make sense in a dorm.
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As I packed up my dorm room and unpacked it all once I got home, I kinda felt stupid. I moved in with 2 cars full of stuff (yes, I know how extra that sounds and yes, it was indeed that extra) and I didn't end up needing half of it. Now, I'm swimming in stuff I need to get rid of while holding on to the stuff I didn't realize I would need and ended up buying mid-year. No matter how much you think you know everything, first-time dorm residents, please listen.

6 things I DIDN'T need but swore I did

1. All my personal books

I mean, I'm an English major and I love to read, but no one, and I mean no one, A) has free time and B) uses that free time to read in college.

2. Keurig

There's a coffee shop I can use my cafe credits at on my way to class. I never woke up early enough to brew my own coffee, and I never craved it bad enough in the afternoon to feel like I needed to make my own immediately. It was nice to make tea with though.

3. Dishes and Silverware/Excessive Mugs

All you need is 1 mug and a couple of water bottles. I promise you paper plates and plastic silverware are all you need.

4. An overabundance of office supplies

I didn't use all those fancy office supplies in high school, so as much as I love them, I have yet to reach for them in college.

5. T.V.

The T.V. I had was only slightly bigger than my laptop screen and the wifi at my dorm wasn't good enough for streaming. I hardly used it, but I know others used theirs a lot. Just a personal preference!

6. Tons of wall art

I totally believe wall art has the power to make a dorm room feel less institutional, but I wish I had brought more pictures from home to make my room personal. Pinterest dorm rooms just aren't real, and they aren't what you want when you're homesick.

6 things I wish I had bought before school started

1. ID Lanyard

I personally love these ones from Vera Bradley , but honestly, any way you can carry your ID, money, and keys all in one is a life changer.

2. Earplugs/Eye Mask

Dorms are loud even during quiet hours and sometimes your roommate stays up later or gets up earlier than you do. Amazon couldn't ship these to me fast enough.

3. Wireless Headphones/Earbuds

Personally, I'm an earbuds girl, but either one does the trick. It's nice to not have to deal with cords and to be able to connect to any of your devices without an adapter.

4. Laptop Shell/Stickers

Almost everyone ends up ordering stickers to put on their laptop to express themselves to those around them. On a practical level though, you're probably going to have the same laptop as 5+ other students in your lecture and you will probably throw your laptop in a bag and run at some point. A shell and some stickers will provide more protection than you realize. Check out http://www.redbubble.com for some great options.

5. Small vacuum

This is especially important if you get a rug. Sweeping is not pleasant, and the vacuums at your dorm are probably older than you are.

6. Pictures from home

Like I said before, wall art isn't going to comfort you when you want to go home. A picture of your dog or best friend sure will though.


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High School Seniors Should Be Excited For College, Not Scared

Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.

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Going into the summer after my high school graduation, all I could think about was college, and how I was going to prepare to go to a new school and move away from home. Just know, it is not as stressful as you prepare yourself for it to be. You don't need to worry about not having any friends or not knowing how to get to all the different buildings because you have to remember everyone else on campus has been in the exact same position you are in, and there are tons of people on campus to help you.

One of the things I was most worried about was classes and how to know which classes to take. My advice is to go to counseling and plan out your classes before you register. Planning out classes will drastically help you stay on track and the counselors will help you make a balanced schedule that you can actually handle.

Another piece of advice would be to not bring as much stuff for your dorm as you think you will need. By all means, bring the essential things that you will need, but remember a dorm room is very small and you share it with another person. You won't have a ton of space for extra stuff and you want to have space to move around and actually live in your dorm.

Finally, if you are concerned about meeting people and making friends, just try and be as outgoing and open as possible. Everyone else in the dorms is just as nervous as you are too meet people, it really helps to try to branch out. Joining clubs or greek life also helps you meet people around campus with common interests as you.

College is not something to be scared of. Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.

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