In the words of Howard Thurman, “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
Computer science has different levels, it offers both hard and soft toys for all genders. It changes everyday, and one has to keep up or be left out.
What is my job as a mathematician? The analytical and problem solving skills I developed while solving mathematical problems are useful in noticing trends and gaps in data. The formulas I learnt, then, help me to develop a model to provide a solution.
So, why am I going on and on about black forest cake? Because labels create expectations, and value is attached to labels. I am in the business of producing engineers. Mechatronic engineers to be specific. At university level, it is a joint task between my student and myself. Like in cake making, I work with the ingredients at hand.
I grew up knowing there were two categories of jobs- blue jobs and pink jobs. And you were good at one or the other. Rebel that I am, I somehow ended up lilac…somewhere in between. There are these stereotypes that accompany anyone who dares to spend any time thinking about anything. I find myself debunking some, ignoring others and (ooops!) confirming others.
As a young girl growing up, I was always fascinated by the things around me. When I looked at human beings, birds, airplanes, ships and cars, one question constantly plagued my mind, “How do they function the way they do?”
We are on a journey to share the experiences of the African Woman in STEM through features on this blog. We look forward to having you as part of our team of female scientists and mentors! Are you a female scientist or engineer from any part of the Africa and the world in general? Are you interested in mentoring young people through your experiences? We invite you to share your experience as a woman in…