Cool, I never knew this was a thing. So, to begin I came out this year as a transwoman in the midst of my sophomore year at the University of Minnesota in the electrical engineering program. I love my digital systems design labs. I had the biggest smile when my lab partner and I debugged our “hand built” 2 bit adder. Now in the same lab I’m working on building a binary multiplier using the shift and add algorithm. And let me tell you it is difficult but so rewarding to understand the building blocks of how my computer which I take for granted works.
I was with my dad and we watched this video about how microprocessors were made and afterwards I said, “I want to do that,” so I’m kind of still doing that. Replace microprocessors with cells and voltages with rates of chemical reactions and you have the research area I want to enter (cellular computation). The best part is one of my professors introduced me to this area and I’m taking his class in cellular computation next semester and I’m so excited.
In my little free time I actually love singing. In general I love BoA’s music so I sing along in Japanese or Korean, but sadly I don’t speak either language. The best part is somehow I’ve learned to sing in the upper registers so I match pitch as well. I tend to write songs in French which is the language I’m minoring in at the moment. It was in my French classes that I found my voice writing-wise so the language is special for me.
This post became very long. So my advice is to just believe in yourself. You are just as good as everyone else in your classes. An exam does not determine your worth as a person. I say this because I’m guilty of letting my grades get to me. Same time appreciate the beauty of the world. Science for me has allowed me to see and appreciate things that non scientists wouldn’t find interesting.
Thank you so much for sharing this! We’re all very proud of you. :) I hope you’ll keep sharing with us!
I was also deeply involved in choirs in college, and I minored in French too! One thing I’ve learned is to stay well-rounded. I love my research and stressing over grades, but music and the French language are just fun without the pressure. I’m getting back into the latter through Duolingo. :)