Meet our Membership Chair, Kayla Valencia!
Kayla Valencia is a junior at California State University, Long Beach where she is currently pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Her SWE journey began in her freshman year when she joined both SWE-et Committee as a shadow, and the National Robotics League as the Team CAD drafter.
Her journey continued throughout her sophomore year when she was elected as the Associated Engineering Student Body (AESB) Representative on behalf of SWE. Now, she is the Membership Chair where she plans and coordinates all of the school's recruiting events, along with delivering classroom presentations to introductory engineering courses to recruit more members. She will be leading this year's SWE-et Committee, which is an officer shadowing program under CSULB SWE.
In addition, Kayla is currently serving as the Co-Vice President for AESB. Apart from SWE, her professional goals include obtaining a hands-on internship for Summer 2021, completing her undergraduate degree program, and pursuing her dream career in themed entertainment as a Mechanical Engineer for Universal Tech Services or Walt Disney Imagineering. In her spare time, Kayla enjoys baking and playing video games with her friends.
Why did you pick your major?
"When I was applying to colleges, I had no idea what I wanted to major in. I was trying to think about what kind of career I wanted in the future, but nothing came into mind. The only thing that I was sure of was that I wanted to be an engineer. My inspiration to become an engineer came from being a part of engineering clubs prior to college, participating in various STEM competitions/projects, and the whole problem-solving aspect behind engineering. I always love a challenge, and I knew coming in that engineering was not an easy road. So I decided to take a chance and major in Mechanical Engineering! "
What is your favorite course?
"Intro to Acting or SolidWorks."
Why are you in SWE?
"During freshman year, I made a pact with myself to be involved with one club on campus. Out of all the engineering orgs on campus, SWE stood out the most because not only did SWE’s purpose resonate with me, but everyone in SWE was very welcoming and inviting and super friendly from my first interaction with them. I quickly became involved in different parts of SWE, such as being apart of the SWE-next committee and participating in SWE’s National Robotics League, and throughout the year, I fell in love with the community that SWE provides. "
Advice for women in STEM:
"To all the women in engineering, do not be intimidated by all the men in engineering! Don’t be discouraged just because the majority of your major classes consist of guys. You deserve to be in there as much as they do, so show everyone what you’re capable of! And to every college student in STEM, power through your degree! Keep moving forward, persevere, and always work towards your end goals. You got this!"
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