California, Sofia, Millie discussed on Houston We Have a Podcast

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Wanted to kind of be in medicine. Bioengineering and materials science. So it all kind of worked out. When i just kind of just look around and see what was available so. I'm just really thankful for that. Very cool now. Now sofia you had the benefit of being surrounded by all this inspiration You know you have role models in your life already that were that you looked up to and you were thinking. This is something that i'm passionate about have always been passionate about. So that's what i'm gonna pursue moving on from there. What did you do Because there's i feel like there's a lot of different paths you can take. If you're if you're interested in flying you know why. Go the engineering row. And then what what. Sorts of organizations and what activities did you do to build up your skill set to pursue field. Yeah so yeah like you were saying. I was really fortunate to have a lot of people kind of around supporting me. I i think of it less as role models and more support because I grew up In davis california which is very close to sacramento california for those who don't know But they have a really great person botox team there so i spent Part of my high school career on that team and something that Especially always really kind of helped me out to with finding my passion for engineering. Was that team and finding that while the meant tours. Were really big and really important in helping you kind of discovered passion these students for me and my fellow students both in leadership and just kind of on the design team that i was on. We're really really impactful. And just kind of we're all working together to create these robots that are like hundred and twenty pounds and requires cnc. Millie and routers. And the whole nine ers and having that kind of seeing around just pure is both male female. lgbtq Just kind of a really great mix of people Just kind of coming together and being able to work really well together on creating these large robots that sort of support for me kind of collective. I guess is more of a role model to me than more like a traditional bottle sent. So i got really lucky to have all sorts of people who are just kind of supporting my passionate along the way or helping me find it and just kind of pushing me for it I also really fortunate to go to space camp in huntsville alabama. Whether it was a similar situation again it was just all the counselors there and say the people in the program along with me We're all just really fine really engaging and it was just a really great kind of supportive environment for me In having those people that are kinda like golding your back and like you've got this. You can totally do this for me. was awesome. So that's why i started. Actually mentoring a robotics team in the bay area do something similar Basically hope. I can help kind of inspire the next generation of High school students. Basically you can do this. Engineering's totally for you. You are a hundred sent like this program. One hundred percent is going to help you with the future and totally something you can pursue Kind of giving back. I guess a little bit But yeah i've just been really lucky to have support kinda everywhere. It was the different programs. I've joined you know. I think what does really have a lot to do with what you're saying. So but i what. I love about your your narrative. Here is a little bit different. From emily's emily's was talking about finding a finding a female role model. Which i think is one which i think is a fantastic way to to be inspired by an and pursue something that you love. But i think what's important about. Your story is that it's not the only way right so you don't necessarily. It's not like okay in order to do this. That's that's the path that i gotta take. There's a lot of different paths. One of those is finding a culture that works for you and it sounds like being surrounded by all these very smart. People from very diverse backgrounds was inspiring in and of itself. Not so much that you had a mentor. That was guiding. You were ushering you through some sort of path but entering into this exciting world. I can only imagine if you're if you're in first robotics thing where you have these people from all over with all these different kinds of backgrounds all trying to do the same thing that could be inspiring just in and of itself. Feel like wow. I'm a part of this. Yeah at one. Hundred percent is and Over the years to i has gotten kind of bigger and bigger to where it's a very much an international program and ironically there's a team based out of johnson Team eighteen months If you take a tour of the facility you can actually see the corner where they work But yeah it's a very big program because you need all sorts of people who are all doing something similar and it's just that out kind of electrifying culture that kind of really like you just really want to go for it. Really you feel like you belong. You know you can look totally different or have grown up in a very different environment from someone. Let's say From a team in alabama for me it was a very different environment that california But still you have this great base. You've all love engineering all of robotics and you just have this really great kind of collaborative sense and that's great community. Kind of just inspires you to keep going forward. See that so important. But but emily i love your your story about looking out and seeking and finding different role models..

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