I think engineering is pretty cool, you get to solve problems, help the world, have fun... Engineers are in so many fields- from biomedical sciences to packaging, from space to sound and light, you name it, you can engineer it! Here is a cool new website I found http://www.engineergirl.org/ it has lots of great resources. Have fun exploring!
Are you happy? What is happiness, exactly? A great deal had been studied about what contributes to unhappiness, but the science of being happy is more recent and just as important! Here is a fun info graphic I found to share a little happy STEM
I am much busier than usual this month and recovering from a very bad flu case, but I saw this article and had to share! It is about the female programmer of the nifty app Instagram (for photo filtering and more). She has a neat story to share about how she got there and what makes STEM so fun:
I recently saw two things recently that made me reflect on love. One was a cartoon and another was one of my favorite sites. This cartoon is making reference to the capability and need for self love (in an ironic way)
(From yahoo comics)
The other, an organization for empowerment, http://www.iamthatgirl.com features many articles about finding your worth and not relying on others for approval (but not being narcissistic either). The one that caught my eye though was a love letter to herself that the founder of this organization writes each birthday. I pondered what I might write to myself and found it a little awkward, but also helpful. How easy is it to fault ourselves? How easy is it to want to be more? In writing a love letter, we look at strengths, things we appreciate, things we connect with, hopes as well as reality- turning that view toward me reminded me to keep smiling on those days that it is challenging and to better accept myself. I believe self acceptance can be cultural, with varying degrees but learning from others and applying something new is pretty powerful. You may wonder, but why write it down? There are quite a few studies that show writing things down can make them more concrete, easier to remember, easier to grasp, and more. See this article for more on that http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/02/10/the-power-of-writing-thin_n_165675.html
And For a great article on the science (improving) your scientific writing, check out https://www.americanscientist.org/issues/issue.aspx?id=877&y=0&no=&content=true&page=4&css=print
I hope you had a lovely Valentines. Mine was great! I have several posts worth of material that I am excited to share from my weekend. I will start with the feminine and the feminist. First, a litte background information. Diversity includes cultural heritage. Cultural heritage is the tangible and intangible elements of history, family, and culture- it can include a place or a building, such as the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul or a practice, such as having tea. A huge part of my cultural heritage is the practice of gift giving and celebrating holidays. Saint Valentines is my favorite and when anyone celebrates in the way that I do I feel especially grateful. (Likewise, when I celebrate in the fashion of others cultural heritage as they identify it, they are grateful!). Now that you know that history- on to the story!
This Valentines I was given two gifts by the same person, a fantastic and encouraging book on girl power (the feminist)
And this super cute (to me) dress (the feminine).
These two gifts at the same time and by the same person made me reflect with gratitude. I realized how meaningful it is to be supported in all my interests. It seems like we are told to choose one or another aspects of ourselves, as if one cannot coexist with the other. I believe that limits the fun and benefit to our diversity though, and it really isn't true. I would like to advocate for women while wearing what I find cute, and there is no reason I shouldn't! (Unless the attire is specific to a task and needed for safety or such, of course). These gifts made me grateful that I am not put in a box with associated stereotypes, but encouraged to just be. That to me, is true love. I hope you find someone special, be they friends, family, or mates who encourage you to be everything you want to be. As for me, I am proud to be a feminist wearing this frock!