I’ll Be In That Percent One Day

Scholarship Entrant: Mia from Homer Glen, Illinois
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Mia: 28

Thanks to a golden opportunity in 2007, I had the privilege to visit Argonne National Labs for Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. Since that surprisingly fun-filled day I have found a passion for math and science that has remained steadfast the past seven years. The one part of that experience I will never forget was when our mentors for the day presented us with the information that approximately 2-3% of engineers were women. I vowed from then on that I would be in that small percent one day. And now I am in college, working towards my engineering degree! I want to inspire other girls to work towards math and science and to not let others hinder their passion. It is so important for girls not to fall or be pressured out of their interest in the engineering field.
I would love to see more female junior high and high school students working and succeeding in mathematics and the sciences. As the years roll by while I am in college, I would love to take the chance to speak with girls and be a mentor to them as the women at Argonne were to me. I know I can do this through signing up to give campus tours to prospective students. In the upcoming year, I also wish to get involved with the several women in engineering groups available on campus. And as my career takes off, I hope to continue to inspire women and young girls.

Vote for Mia: 28

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