After receiving a grand total of three degrees in engineering, is it ok to say that I still do not know? Some things are clear. I enjoy both technical and strategic roles. I enjoy a mixture of teamwork and individual work. I appreciate the ability of my engineering career to allow me to develop in many directions, as both a scientist and a leader. I have ideas about where my path may lead me, but the future still holds excitement about what is yet to come.
At our recent Why Women Still Cant Have It All discussion, our highly accomplished and inspirational panelists touched on some of these themes. One message that I took away was that, while it is good to make goals for yourself, it is even better to adjust them and to allow your life to move in the direction that seems right for you and your evolving goals.
As we move into our outreach season, I like to keep these things in mind when speaking with younger girls. I enjoy sharing this philosophy that engineering is a wonderful career choice which affords many opportunities. Join us at our upcoming volunteer training to help us maximize that message, and come meet with girls at the Widener Engineering Mini-Camp on February 9.
Finally, if you are looking to join this group of women in planning and in organizing activities for our section, we still have several options available. Please contact Alexis at email@example.com if you are interested in any of them:
-Science Fair Coordinator - Coordinate judging for SWE awards at local science fairs. Most activities will take place in the spring. This position is a high priority to fill immediately!
-Girl Scouts Lead - Work with the Vice President, Outreach to develop programs with and for the Girl Scouts.
-Publicity Chair - Ensure that society activities are effectively communicated. Expand use of social networking.
-Awards Committee Chair - Ensure recognition of our membership, both within the section and in the larger community.
-Messiah SIG Counselor - Work with the Messiah College Student Interest Group (precursor to a formal section). As Messiah is located in Mechanicsburg, PA, this is a great opportunity for a member located in the western area of our section boundaries.
-Elizabethtown CIG Counselor - Work with the Elizabethtown College Student Interest Group (precursor to a formal section). As Messiah is located near Harrisburg, PA, this is a great opportunity for a member located in the western area of our section boundaries.
- Alexis Wasserman
FY13 Philadelphia Section President