Sunday, June 24, 2012
My sister and I are totally opposites. I'm taller; she's shorter. I've got stick-straight hair; she's got curly. I'm into engineering, math, and science; she's not. (There's a reason she calls me Carlton, and I call her Hilary, both from the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air).
Although she's entirely opposite, she accepts me for who I am. She doesn't see anything wrong with me, as I do her. We're unique in our own special ways, and accept each other without even realizing it.
My sister had a mentor who was asking Sarah about her latest visit to Davis. Her mentor asked: "So you're sister goes to UC Davis. What is her major?"
Nonchalantly, my sister replies, "Mechanical Engineering."
o_0 "....does she like it?" Her mentor asked, as if it were a very....nontraditional thing (which it is-> I wouldn't be writing this blog otherwise).
"Yeah. She likes it a lot. She's working with NASA right now."
Now, it's funny that my sister doesn't realize how different engineering is for females, and I love that!
One of my theories for having such low numbers (for both males and females) in STEM is the perception. I've told my sister this. We need more people to support who we are as scientists, engineers, and mathematicians in order to increase the numbers. My sister has proudly joined the ranks as one of those people, who encourage us through school to get us to where we are.