Society of Women Engineers is a club on campus geared towards females in engineering, although anyone can join, where we mostly work on career development and bonding of those on campus. Because there is a small percentage of the student population here at Wentworth that are females, it is important to gather together and to assure those who may be new to the school that there are females that they can become friends with in their classes while letting them know that this school is very welcome to all types of students. A great way to do this is to have an alum come in and share their experiences to the girls. We were lucky enough to have Ann Marie, a graduate of Architectural Engineering and the Construction Management program, speak with us about her experience as a student at Wentworth and as a graduate of this school.
It was really great being able to hear about her experiences. She was able to let us know that the engineering world will also have very few females, but that should not stop you from achieving your best. We were informed of how she went through getting her job and some setbacks, but that these changes will always help you in your future endeavors. She brought a networking activity to help show us who we have in our circles of people we know, and how we can work on expanding them through hard work and our upcoming experiences, such as coops and when we graduate. It was really nice to hear that it will always be growing and changing, but that is okay. Ann Marie also talked about the topic of mentors and sponsors, letting us know the difference of each and what they can really do for you. We were able to hear about how her sponsor positively effected her career and helped get her to where she is. Ann Marie was also able to assure us that these people may change as your progress and grow, and that is okay too.
I personally had a mentor my freshman year, the president of SWE at the time, who really helped me through my first year. Obviously I eventually followed in her footsteps and am now president of SWE, but we have lost touch since then. People grow apart because of distance and changes in their lives, but always be thankful to those who have been in your life and helped you. In order to succeed you will need some help, be it a friend, an upperclassman, or even a professor, to help you guide you through and teach you important lessons. I will always be grateful to her for her help in guiding me to be the best I could be and strive for more, especially because she was a great role model for me. Be sure to appreciate it and take what they have to say into consideration, they are helping create the person they know you can be.