I’ve always hated Computer Science and Education. I mean, being a student in a super competitive school as a 5th grader definitely had its disadvantages. Whenever school was out for “Staff Learning Day,” I’d always tag along with my Dad in his workplace. He’s a Software Engineer/Cloud Architect and would always try to push my sister and I into STEM because we were in the booming Silicon Valley! Looking at all the similar cubicles and the same computers didn’t appeal to me and the 9-5 working hours made me gag.
This is something that I’ve applied in my life as a student—whenever I hate something, I fake it until I truly enjoy what I’m doing. Before, I used to hate school, but now that I’ve faked an appreciation for learning, I’ve actually enjoyed what I’ve been doing in and out of the classroom!
After being completely engrossed in Computer Science, STEM, and Education, I started noticing that my female friends hated these fields too, and although I put in a bit of appreciation into the fields, they weren’t having it. So, during the summer of my 6th grade, I started interviewing brilliant female professionals to connect them as role models to my friends. After hearing the stories of people who’ve actually done it, my friends were encouraged into being more proactive with their education and seeing them become more encouraged with what they were doing in school, I decided to scale this project of mine and create a platform as a podcast channel to bridge the gender gap in STEM called Aarna’s News. What I thought started off as a passion for connecting my friends to role models in the fields of STEM escalated into a project of mine that I’ve been working towards every day for the past 3 years!
Now that I’m a freshman in high school (9th grader), I’ve had a greater appreciation for connecting with people regardless of their professional occupation, making lasting memories, and working on the things that I actually enjoy. As a varsity field hockey athlete and varsity track & field thrower, president of a club at my school (SWE–Girls Can Code) where I encourage my female peers to pursue the Computer Science classes in our school after seeing staggering statistics of little-to-no girls taking those classes, and running my own podcast channel to bridge the gender gap in STEM, I feel like the biggest myth for creating real change, not only in my community, but internationally, is that you can’t do that much as a young person. WRONG! (In red!) Regardless of your age and where you are in life, if you’re committed to what you want to make a change about, you can! With the new era of Gen-Z, we are an upcoming age of innovators, change-makers, and advocates all interested in making the place we live in a little bit better. So, regardless of whatever you want to do, maybe write a research publication or invest in stocks and bonds, don’t discount what you can do based on your age or ability. Because, if I can build these passions of mine and integrate them into the real world, I’m 1000% you can do too. Cheers, and do feel free to connect with me on Instagram or Linkedin! I’m happy to chat with you for advice/tips from interviewing over 40+ female professionals in the niches of STEM & Leadership! 🙂
Resources to check out what I’m interested in:
Website (old one): aarnasahu6.wixsite.com/aarnasahu
Website (new one, under construction): https://aarnasahu6.wixsite.com/my-site