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.