Krusha Vekaria

Position: External Vice President

Primarily, my role is to work alongside the President and Vice President to help oversee all that the committee does. As the external VP, I represent the society at outreach events as well as provide a helping hand for the fundraising, industrial relations and volunteering aspects of the society.
My aims for the year include:
– Continuing the work of last year’s committee in increasing our number of industrial relations
– Increasing the number of site visits and mock assessment centres
– Increase our sources of funding

Why engineering?
Since being introduced to Computing in year 8, I always knew that this was a field that I wanted to go into. However, for quite some time, I avoided this subject. Nevertheless, as my confidence grew, I decided to venture down this road.
Moving on to GCSE, as I stepped into my class I realised the lack of women interested in this field; it surprised me. This situation worsened during A Levels, as I became the only girl in my year to study Computer Science. To be honest, I wasn’t afraid, or even second guessing; I was proud. I was proud that I didn’t let this situation affect me.
I would love to change the opinion that the public have of Engineering and Science in general.
I once watched this video and it made me realise how deep this impression of ‘Engineering is for boys’ is imbedded into people’s subconscious. This video made me realise that when I tell anyone that I study Computer Science, the usual response is ‘wow! That must be so hard!’, ‘Good for you! I would never be able to do that!’, ‘Isn’t that a boyish subject?’. However, when its a man instead of me, this is hardly the case. This needs to change.

What made you initially decide to join the Women in Engineering society?
This was one of the few academic societies that I felt I belonged to. Although I did not know much about it when I joined, the atmosphere and excitement created during the Welcome Social fuelled my impulsive decision of becoming a freshers rep; this changed my perspective of the society in a positive way.
Women in Engineering is so much more than what its name entails; the values, ideals and history of this society is what makes it shine.

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