Student Org Post

Society of Women Engineers (SWE) organization focuses on helping women in engineering to achieve their goals and become leaders. How did I come to join the Society of Women Engineers? My roommate and I made it our goal during the involvement fair to see each and every single club. After dodging numerous advances from clubs we were not interested in, we came by the Society of Women Engineer’s club. I was really interested in this club because I was one of the very few women in my engineering classes, and I thought it would be a great opportunity to meet more women engineers.

I went to the first meeting, in Hitchcock hall, by myself as I hadn’t known anyone that was going. I was intimidated by the extremely long line into the auditorium. However, the feeling went away once I struck up a conversation with a girl in front of me, who is now one of my good friends. During the meeting, the board members discussed that the benefits of membership were: getting help with your resume, receiving internships, getting practice for interviews, making friends in the same field, and mentors to help guide you. These were all the things I was looking for in clubs; however,  I didn’t expect to find them all in one club.

The student leaders of the Society of Women Engineers were all very outgoing, extremely helpful, and they presented themselves with the confidence of leaders. I want to be a part of the SWE committee, and I would like to see myself become a leader of this organization in the next couple of years. In order to be a fully committed member, there is a fee you have to pay. As a result, you can attend bigger workshops outside of Ohio, and apply to be a part of the committee.

I was interested in the Society of Women Engineer’s big-little program. I think this is extremely beneficial because you receive advice and guidance from students who were previously in the same shoes as I am: a freshman. During the big-little meeting, littles went around introducing themselves to students who wanted to be a big. A lot of the members in the Society of Women Engineers that I had met during the big-little program were either in environmental science engineering or material science engineering. I expected a couple of computer science majors but didn’t find anyone until the very end. The person who was a computer science major is a committee member for Society of Women Engineers. We both bonded over having the same name and being in the same major. By the end of the meeting, I received a lot of knowledge on classes, my major, clubs that are extremely fun and beneficial to join, and made lasting relationships with some people who were done to help me when necessary.

During the next meeting, we got to decorate our own succulents which I was super excited about (picture of my succulent is above). I met a lot of old high school friends and new people at the meeting who were all very interested to get involved in the STEM field and grow as engineers.

With my classes, upcoming midterms, and working on applying to internships, I was definitely terrified about how I will be able to attend all the clubs I am interested in. This was also a concern because the clubs almost always meet on the same day and time for a couple times a week. Luckily, SWE’s weekly newsletter notify me of upcoming meetings and events which is super helpful, and there is not an excessive amount of meetings per week. I narrowed down my list of clubs and decided to focus on the ones that my values really align with and ones that I think will help me really grow as an individual. One of which was the Society of Women Engineers.

About Me

Hello, my name is Manasa Prabhala! I am from Dublin, Ohio, and I am currently a 1st-year Computer Science major in the College of Engineering.

I am a huge lover of books, running, singing, and dance. I love to read young adult, fantasy, and science-fiction; I am constantly reading and updating my Goodread’s account. You might think, how can someone love running? My years in cross country during high school taught me running is a great way to stay healthy, explore new areas in your community, and make long-lasting friendships with your running buddy or teammates. Also, joining a school choir made me interested in singing so I decided to join The Music Academy where I had been a vocal student practicing a variety of pieces, favorite being Italian Arias (2014-2019).Dance was another art style that has been a part of my life for about 10 years (2006 -2016). It helped me get involved in the Indian community, make great friends, and get rid of my stage fright. I wanted to share what I had been performing for so many years, so I taught Bollywood dance to kids from ages of 5 to 12 during the summers when I was in high school (2015- 2019). My love for teaching kids encouraged me to also work as a Math tutor at Mathnasium (August 2018-present).

Volunteering at the food pantry and with different organizations over the years helped me learn to appreciate the life and opportunities I am provided. I realized that not everyone is as fortunate as me, and I believe it is my responsibility to give back to my community. I am thankful that I was able to help the individuals in my community overcome different obstacles they may be facing in their lives with my actions. I want to continue giving back, so I plan on getting involved in some service clubs at OSU.

My family and I love to travel to experience new cultures and learn more about a country. As of now, we have traveled to 14 countries. I get to learn more every time I travel, which has motivated me to try a study abroad program during my time at OSU. It would be an extremely beneficial opportunity because you meet people who have different perspectives and approaches to a problem; it is similar to the workforce where you have to work with a diverse set of people.

Computer science is challenging, rapidly advancing, and provides numerous benefits to all aspects of life. My appreciation for technology encouraged me to study the language of computers and algorithms. It inspired me to be part of the driving force towards technological innovations and the exploration of the unknown.

I plan to utilize OSU’s abundance of resources, opportunities, and supportive staff to build a successful future for myself in engineering.

Year in Review

[ “Year in Review”  is where you should reflect on the past year and show how you have evolved as a person and as a student.  You may want to focus on your growth in a particular area (as a leader, scholar, researcher, etc.) or you may want to talk about your overall experience over the past year.  For more guidance on using your ePortfolio, including questions and prompts that will help you get started, please visit the Honors & Scholars ePortfolio course in Carmen. To get answers to specific questions, please email eportfolio@osu.edu. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]

G.O.A.L.S.

[ “G.O.A.L.S.” is a place where students write about how their planned, current, and future activities may fit into the Honors & Scholars G.O.A.L.S.: Global Awareness, Original Inquiry, Academic Enrichment, Leadership Development, and Service Engagement. For more guidance on using your ePortfolio, including questions and prompts that will help you get started, please visit the Honors & Scholars ePortfolio course in Carmen. To get answers to specific questions, please email eportfolio@osu.edu. Delete these instructions and add your own post.

  • Global Awareness: Students cultivate and develop their appreciation for diversity and each individual’s unique differences. For example, consider course work, study abroad, involvement in cultural organizations or activities, etc.
  • Original Inquiry: Honors & Scholars students understand the research process by engaging in experiences ranging from in-class scholarly endeavors to creative inquiry projects to independent experiences with top researchers across campus and in the global community. For example, consider research, creative productions or performances, advanced course work, etc.
  • Academic Enrichment: Honors & Scholars students pursue academic excellence through rigorous curricular experiences beyond the university norm both in and out of the classroom.
  • Leadership Development: Honors & Scholars students develop leadership skills that can be demonstrated in the classroom, in the community, in their co-curricular activities, and in their future roles in society.
  • Service Engagement: Honors & Scholars students commit to service to the community.]

Career

[“Career” is where you can collect information about your experiences and skills that will apply to your future career.  Like your resume, this is information that will evolve over time and should be continually updated.  For more guidance on using your ePortfolio, including questions and prompts that will help you get started, please visit the Honors & Scholars ePortfolio course in Carmen. To get answers to specific questions, please email eportfolio@osu.edu. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]

Artifacts

[Artifacts are the items you consider to be representative of your academic interests and achievements. For each entry, include both an artifact and a detailed annotation.  An annotation includes both a description of the artifact and a reflection on why it is important to you, what you learned, and what it means for your next steps.  For more guidance on using your ePortfolio, including questions and prompts that will help you get started, please visit the Honors & Scholars ePortfolio course in Carmen. To get answers to specific questions, please email eportfolio@osu.edu. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]

About Me

[Your “About Me” is a brief biographical statement that might include your intended major, your academic interests, your goals, as well as the things that make you unique.  Definitely include a picture! Also, remember that you can always update this post at any point. For more guidance on using your ePortfolio, including questions and prompts that will help you get started, please visit the Honors & Scholars ePortfolio course in Carmen. To get answers to specific questions, please email eportfolio@osu.edu. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]