Meet our Publicity Chair, Stephanie Vaca!
I joined SWE as a freshman and joined the SWEet Committee, shadowing the membership chair. In the committee, I was able to meet so many new people and created some long-lasting memories.
Fun fact about me is that I was a competitive dancer growing up
Why did you pick your major?
"I chose my major because of my experience with Python Programming and I was fascinated with what I could create through simple lines of code. However, I wasn’t only drawn to programming, I also liked the hands-on aspect of working and putting together hardware. With computer engineering, I am able to work with hardware and program at the same time. It is a perfect balance. I also had an influence in choosing the engineering field from my uncle, Jonathan Flores, who majored in civil engineering and is a CSULB alumni. Him and I have always bonded over engineering and he remains to be one of my greatest inspirations. "
What is your favorite course?
"My favorite course has been CECS 201: Computer Logic Design. Professor Trajkovic had a different method of teaching (flipped classroom method) that I preferred and she always made the class very engaging. Once I was able to fully complete her labs of programming an FPGA Board, I would feel so proud of myself!"
Why are you in SWE?
"I joined SWE because I was interested in finding a supportive community. As a person who graduated high school online and started university online as well, I felt lost. But when I heard of SWE, I knew it would help me feel connected to those around me and when I were to return in person, I could rely on those in the club to help me out in being prepared. SWE has positively impacted my life since joining my first year. "
Advice for women in STEM:
"I recommend for women in STEM to always get out of your comfort zone in order to push yourself, do not be afraid to get uncomfortable. This will lead you to try new things and this can possibly place you in a direction to life-changing opportunities."
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