Meet our Outreach Chair, Aleeya Mitsch!
Aleeya is a junior at California State University, Long Beach, where she is majoring in Mechanical Engineering.
Why did you pick your major?
"I picked mechanical engineering because I wanted to focus on hands-on projects and allow myself to explore a broad major. I am interested in robotics, prosthetics, and I love brainstorming for new ideas so I think that mechanical engineering encompases all of these passions."
What is your favorite course?
"My favorite courses so far have been Calculus 3 and Physics 151. I used to struggle with math but once I had a calculus class in college, it just seemed to click, and getting the correct answer was really satisfying. Physics has always been a passion of mine and I enjoyed experimenting in the lab."
Why are you in SWE?
"I’m in SWE because I enjoy being in a supportive environment that empowers women to thrive in a male dominated field. I think that school involvement is very important for socialization, growth, and getting experience in a safe space. SWE has been the club I have looked forward to joining the most and I have loved being in it so far. "
Advice for women in STEM:
"My advice for women in stem would be to know that they should always be proud of who they are as a woman. If you are super girly and love pink and sparkly things, wear that to class and enjoy learning about fluid mechanics at the same time. There will be a very small percentage of females in the engineering classes, so be prepared and proud to represent women in stem."
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