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 👀
Amazing that a Roman antiquity attraction, Caracalla Baths, provides a Virtual Reality (VR) ! Technology is the best ❤️
I’m in Rome at the moment with my family and it’s amazing to think that over 2000 years ago the Romans had the knowledge and technology to create aqueducts and antiquities that weren’t possible elsewhere.
The Pantheon is an amazing structure with a self-supporting roof, the Romans knew to put the heaviest materials at the bottom and lightest at the top. We can all use this analogy when it comes to taking on a modern tech project… solid foundations of heavy code and a database as a base for softer web code to make it look good!
Are you a woman in STEM?
If so… do you have anything that you’d like to share on the IT Girl platform?
I would love to create a collaborative platform where it isn’t just my opinions about the industry, but a wide range of experiences with the aim of inspiring younger generations of women to pursue STEM.
If you’d like to be involved, then get in touch!
Tell us your favourite app and why 📱
It’s weird how pets or animals in general have an effect on people, that’s why many offices now have a resident dog. 🐶
For me, growing up even when my Mum was really ill and I didn’t want to maybe talk about it to anybody, my cat was always there. He’s been there ‘helping’ me study for GCSEs, laying on my paintings at A-levels to this year stretching over my laptop whilst I write my dissertation 💻
Even though animals can’t speak our language, there’s an unspoken bond which can be very uplifting after a long day at work or in a stressful moment in life.
A lot has happened since I turned 21 and I am very thankful for everyone who has supported me in the last year 🙏
Lots more to fill in before my next birthday!