- Founded Women in Computing and STEM Support System
- Student ambassador, course representative and PALS leader
- Passionately encourages and supports women in STEM
1. Who are you? And what is your passion?
I've lived in Bristol all of my life. When I moved to Plymouth to study computing, I realised I had the opportunity to expand my friendship group, develop my skills and learn about my weaknesses as a person. Being an introvert, I had always struggled with talking to new people and presenting in front of others.
I became a student ambassador, a course representative and a PALS leader. Within these roles, I not only helped other students but also developed as a person. It made me realise that I know more about my subject than I think, and that I have skills that I can apply to whatever I do and whatever company I work for.
With this new-found confidence, I have already secured a graduate position. I strongly believe that it is the different experiences that I’ve had at Plymouth which have pushed me to do things I would never have thought possible. Struggling with anxiety means that it was a huge achievement to go for a job interview in a different town, on my own, and to apply for a role which I’m not fully confident with. In the end, it was my personality and willingness to go for such a role that set me apart from the other candidates.
My passion is to achieve a work-life balance. I came to university to get the skill set needed for working life and to find something I could enjoy, but not make work my entire focus.
Plymouth has helped me to find out who I am.
2. You do a lot of work supporting women in STEM subjects – how would you like that to change in 10 years?
Even when I graduate, I still intend to be involved. I’ve spoken to my tutor about taking the network further and ensuring that a strong system is in place.
Looking to the future, I would like to create a similar support system in the workplace. I believe every company needs one. A lot of women don’t feel that they can speak their minds unless they have a support system behind them.
3. What is a fear you’d like to conquer?
4. How do you respond when faced with a problem?
Being a planner, I analyse the situation. I draw up a mind map of the pros and cons and go with the best solution. If this doesn’t work, I don’t knock myself down, I just go for the next best solution.
5. What do you know of that you believe could really change our world for the better?
That’s easy – recycling!
We are all aware of the problems our planet is facing and I try and do the small things to reduce my footprint. From campaigning for more water fountains at the University to taking metal straws with me on a night out, I believe every small act is important.
6. What do you want the world to look like in 10 years?
My hope is that we will see a world where more girls are empowered to help guide us through the advancement of AI and contribute to technologies that benefit everyone. So it becomes a world where girls working in STEM are not simply the minority, but an integral part of industries making a positive difference.
7. If you had the chance to share one message to the whole world, what would it be?
Be you and don’t be scared.