The Women of Rutgers Engineering
One of the best things about Rutgers SoE is how inclusive and collaborative the classes and students are. As a woman in engineering, I didn't initially expect to find many others like me, but that changed as soon as I started school here. From the very beginning of my freshman year, from living in the engineering living-learning community to my involvement in extracurricular engineering orgs, and even in both on-campus jobs that I work, I have never felt more at home than I do when surrounded by my engineering peers, male and female alike. I love the look of surprise on strangers' faces when I tell them that I'm studying engineering. The exceptional and inclusive environment at Rutgers has encouraged me to defy the stereotypes and embrace who I want to be without worrying about how I might be perceived.
Engineering, an industry that was formerly dominated by men, is now a platform for women to build their careers upon. Rutgers has the resources to help women build and exercise their engineering skills. It provides us with a support system that helps us achieve our goals, and ensures our success. As a minority in engineering, I can truly say that Rutgers is my home, and that the faculty has never failed to offer me a helping hand whenever I needed it.
As a woman engineering student at Rutgers, I have felt as included and involved as I had always hoped. I have had the opportunity to make an impact on the future generations of female engineers via mentoring girls as a counselor in the Governor’s School of Engineering and Technology. Additionally, I was able to take part in projects that better the lives of women and children across the world through clean water projects in Engineers Without Borders. Being a part of Douglass has added even more opportunities to meet with women engineers and participate in S.T.E.A.M. trips that provide a new realm of understanding. With all these experiences and healthy guidance from welcoming deans and faculty, I have been able to achieve so much as an Engineer at RU!
I believe in all girls, the myth about “engineering [being] so hard” should never discourage anyone from pursuing engineering, if they are interested. There are ample opportunities for girls to find their niche in engineering: you just have to look (hopefully at RU!). And if you ever need any help finding your way, always know that there is a huge community of women engineers ready to support you. You just need to reach out!
Through my experience as a woman in the Rutgers School of Engineering, I have learned about the value of an inclusive community in creating a feeling of connectivity, belonging, and motivation for active achievement. From the moment I entered the School of Engineering, I my peers never doubted my ability or drive due to my gender--something I attribute to the countless women engineers before me who had to persevere to earn the respect and recognition from other male peers and established today's entitlement for women engineers. My ability to further the standards and achievement for women engineers through my actions and example is why I am proud to be a woman in engineering, proud to be in the School of Engineering, and proud to be a Scarlet Knight!