Meet our Industry Chair, Purnima Jain!
Purnima Jain is a sophomore student at California State University, Long Beach, majoring in Computer Science. She joined SWE her freshman year with hopes to one day have an impact and increase confidence in fellow women in engineering.
Purnima is currently the Industry Chair for FY21 with responsibilities to plan career fairs for the year. She will be planning Evening with Industry for recruiters/company representatives to educate students on their work environments. The events also allow students a good opportunity to network with one another. In the future, Purnima hopes to pursue a career which combines her passion for astronomy and technology.
Why did you pick your major?
"I picked Computer Science as my major because of its versatility. I wanted to learn how to create something, and make differences one day with something I built myself! Coding has also always been an interest of mine."
What is your favorite course?
"Currently my favorite course would have to be my Discrete Structures and Computing Applications class (CECS 228). The concepts seemed way too abstract/difficult for me to grasp at first but after a little while, they grew on me."
What are you going to do after you graduate?
"I joined SWE to find a community of motivated women which I could learn from. I didn't always get the supported I wanted when it came to admitting I would like to pursue a career in STEM, but surrounding myself with people who are so hard-working and motivated in their interests makes me feel so much more confident. I want to help make a difference for girls who were also unsure about their career path in engineering."
Advice for women in STEM:
"One piece of advice I would probably give to women in STEM is that you shouldn't doubt your capabilities or your interests. It's okay to feel uncomfortable and push yourself out of your comfort zone, because that's what helps you become a more grounded and successful individual over time. It sounds cliché, but you can do anything you put your mind and effort to. No one should be able to tell you that you can't/shouldn't do it!"
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