Hi everyone! I’m Sarah, a third year bioengineering student, studying in the area of biopharmaceuticals.
I have always been interested in STEM related subjects, always wanting to make things understand how things work. I toyed with the idea of studying sciences or medicine, but it wasn’t until I discovered engineering and a course that combined everything I loved in one. I chose Sheffield due to its unique course structure and broad engineering department.
I joined the women in engineering society at the start of my first year, throughout my first and second year I volunteered at numerous events and became a mentor in what was then called the big sister little sister program. I loved the society’s initiative of encouraging children and teenagers (particularly girls) to consider a career in STEM, specifically engineering; it’s so important for girls to have female role models in STEM subjects given that a huge majority of engineers are male.
My role in the committee for this year as inclusion officer is being responsible for making all people included in events and making sure everything is accessible to everyone. I also run the mentoring scheme for the society, where younger students are paired with older students to mentor and guide them.
Our objective for the society is to make it more inclusive of other genders, hence the renaming of the mentoring scheme, we aim to encourage a more diverse range of students to join and partake in the society in the coming academic year.
Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases from being shared.