So whilst I was on the plane back from Rome, I was sitting next to this lovely American girl who was the same age as me, flying to London Luton to then get a lay over to then Iceland and then Chicago! A very long journey for her.
We started chatting about the World Cup and then just introduced ourselves and she told me a bit about why she was flying from Rome back to Chicago where she grew up. She explained how her parents didn’t want to raise children in the Italian economy but wanted the “American Dream”, so they immigrated to Chicago, and how she’d been given the opportunity to go to college and become a teacher because of it and how glad and grateful she is of her parents’ uplifting their lives from Italy, for their future unborn children.
We naturally then went on to talk about Trump’s America and she said she wanted my opinion on how America is now seen because of him becoming President, and later onto Brexit. Throughout the whole conversation though we were able to say things we were grateful for, mainly about education, and it dawned on us that we were actually incredibly lucky to have been born into families and countries that allowed us to go to university and get good jobs etc. Many people like this girl’s parents who migrated from Italy are not so lucky. It’s weird to think it is just down to luck?
I think it’s important to celebrate your achievements, but to also express your gratefulness to how you got there.
What are you grateful for?
I’m sorry I’ve not posted in a while, this is because of all the holidays I have been on recently with my friends and family… and other commitments which have needed my attention, it’s been quite nice to just put my phone to one side for a while and now I’m slowly trying to get back into a routine and answer all my messages!
But, I have lots of ideas for the IT Girl blog and community and am very grateful to now have over 200 followers on the twitter page 🎉 … hopefully more to come with more content I will be creating!
Watch this space 👀
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There’s a lot in the media about the film Oceans 8 at the moment (which I personally can’t wait to see!) but one of the worst things is about having a majority female cast is the rumours that the women all hate each other etc (🙄), which in pop culture happens a lot from Sex and the City to more recent TV and films. Whilst promoting the film Oceans 8, the actresses as part of their publicity are trying to shut down these rumours because they are apparently not true, and even if they were I don’t see how that makes a difference to whether they’ve produced a good film or not?
This is similar in business too, women are seen as “catty” and “bitchy”, and if they get passionate they are told they are too emotional. At the end of the day if you’re delivering your work and achieving what you want to personally achieve, you shouldn’t have to defend your actions because of your gender.
This is where having some one from a mentor to a colleague, who can relate to similar reactions from others or how you feel is important. Not just as a woman in tech or business, but in all walks of life it’s good to have somebody who understands you.
Sadly, there are many reports of suicide in the news at the moment of famous people who for unknown reasons feel that is their only way. There’s many more people every day who take their lives who aren’t reported about.
I personally want to aim to be approachable and personable for others around me, personally or professionally, so if anyone needs someone to understand them, I can try to be that person.
I encourage you all to do the same, because everyone needs that one person who understands.
I’m half way through my exams, 2 more this week and I’ll be finished… feels very surreal. Just got to give that last little push on this home stretch! 💪 🤓
It is hard to feel optimistic that equality in STEM is going to improve when reading this ladies’ thoughts on how she has seen the industry not develop in this way over the past 25 years, but did develop in becoming a “24/7 work culture” which she surmises is linked.
There is hope that with each women who does become a part of STEM, that they take the time and resources they have to inspire at least one other, in the hope it will cascade to others.
Take a look 🙂
It’s the last day of April and it is just dawning on me what the next month brings…
📝 I’ll have finished all 4 of my exams, which means I will have technically finished university and will just be awaiting the results.
🏡 I’ll have moved out of student accommodation and back home.
👯♀️ Moving home means I will be saying bye to my university friends, some who I’ve lived with, which will be strange not knowing when I’ll next be seeing them.
🇳🇱 I will have visited Amsterdam with my boyfriend and friends to celebrate end of exams.
🧡 I will have said goodbye to some GSK colleagues as I’ve ended my dissertation with them and will be moving away from where their offices are.
🇬🇷 I will be having another holiday with my boyfriend to Greece, ending on the last day of May and wrapping up what I presume will be a weird, yet wonderful month!
It’s strange to think that I have no more lectures left… a week and a half until exams start!
Better get back to the books 🤓