Q – Name three fun facts about yourself!
- I love my orchids; I currently have 4, and one is about to bloom again which is super exciting.
- When I’m stressed I watch The Office and/or Bob’s Burgers, or if I’m feeling really good, I’ll go running.
- I love to travel and will jump on any literally any opportunity that will take me somewhere new. (ex. I decided, basically on a whim, to go on a mission trip to Ecuador this past January and I had the chance to tag along on a Global Brigades Medical Brigade to Panama with a bunch of pre-med students last March)
|Olivia in Ciudad Mitad del Mundo, Ecuador on the Equator
Q – What is the best part of being an Electrical Engineering major?
|Olivia posing at the Society of Women Engineers’ Women in Engineering ’16 National Conference in Philadelphia, PA
A – Girl, if you want it, do it. Don’t even blink at those giving you side-eye and saying all sorts of nonsense. Also, never let anyone undermine your success. I have been told things like “Oh, you only got this position/opportunity/whatever because you’re a girl,” but in reality, I got [these opportunities] because I worked hard for my grades, I am out and about running from one meeting to the next to work to class and back to another meeting most days of the week, and I am constantly jumping on every opportunity that comes my way. Maybe I’m lucky, but I wouldn’t have gotten an internship after freshman year if I hadn’t jumped on an opportunity to push my way into attending a conference where I connected with a representative from ConEdison.
Be proud of your achievements and make your own luck. Go to that seminar where actual recruiters are reviewing resumes, miss a day of class to attend that conference, take that leap when an interesting opportunity comes your way and if something doesn’t work out, don’t look at it as a waste of time but instead as just a bump in the road. Also, (this is something I’m still working on), make time for yourself where you can dedicate time to your hobbies; don’t lose that talent you have for playing the piano, painting, dancing, gardening, whatever it may be.