Victoria Rencher (2022)
For as long as I can remember, I have always been known to stand out. As a young girl, I always went above and beyond to reach my full potential. No matter the sacrifice, I was willing to do whatever it takes to be the best of the best. I originally did not want to become a STEM major because I felt that this field was male-dominated. Yet, as my father steadily enrolled me in STEM camps, I instantly fell in love with engineering. I started to become more invested in engineering when I was accepted into the MITE Engineering Camp held at Tuskegee University during the summer of 2019. I did my research and analyzed the different roles that I could pursue and realized that I wanted to major in Mechanical Engineering because I was interested in how structures operate and flow. Since I decided to become a woman in Engineering, I have made a lot of connections and have received a lot of opportunities, one being elected the Chapter President for the Society of Women Engineers at my institution, Southern University and A&M College located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I am truly grateful to the MES Program for believing in me and becoming a major asset to my professional career and success. One word of advice that I can give to you is don’t be afraid to be uncomfortable. Self-growth will only make you stronger than you think. I hope that this has encouraged you to follow your dreams and has inspired you to exceed your limits!