Why STEM is important to me
Dakota (she/her/hers), 19, Mississippi
"Growing up, I wanted to be many things, such as an actress or an artist. Until high school, my mind changed a few times throughout my high school years. I wanted to become a neurosurgeon, then a pharmacist then, a Biomedical Engineer. I was very involved in many STEM-related clubs and activities such as robotics, chemistry and biology honors, Allied Heath program, college biology, math club, and I do Pre-Health virtual shadowing weekly. I voluntarily job shadowed at Ocean Springs Hospital during my junior year of high school and gained a total of sixteen hours.
Throughout secondary school, my most focused subjects were math and science because they fascinated me the most. It was always something different to learn. Those subjects influenced me to think outside the box. Currently, my goal is to stay updated on STEM-related information by doing my research, watching the news, keeping in touch with my friends interested in STEM. STEM is crucial to me because it teaches society critical thinking skills and instills a passion for innovation. STEM assists in problem-solving and exploratory learning that fuel success across a variety of tasks and disciplines. For college, I plan to major in Biomedical and Biological Sciences and participate in STEM-related activities. I want to be a part of the change in the STEM world we live in, such as improving technology and health. After college, I hope to pursue my career as a Biomedical Engineer or a Pharmacist.
As a child, there were many things I wished to be, but nothing was better than math, science, and engineering. I was always fascinated with technology and change. I participated in several STEM-related clubs and activities throughout middle and high school. I plan to continue that tradition when I enroll in college."