Could you introduce yourself to our readers?
Hey everyone! My name is Sonia Camacho, I am a third year student at Oregon State University, studying Computer Science Systems! I am passionate about fashion and technology and I am working to bring my two loves together.
What are your goals?
My goal is to get younger students interested in roles in STEM. I want to show that you can be fashionable while coding and that engineering is not limited to men. One of my personal goals is to incorporate technology with fashion to achieve this goal I am documenting my personal projects on my YouTube! Which is another goal of mine, I want to be able to reach students from all over with my YouTube channel, I want to show the daily activities of a hard working student in college in the hopes it encourages someone to try a STEM major!
What are you working on at the moment?
Currently I am working on making heels with pressure sensor lights! I am also a Teaching Assistant for the introductory CS courses, I learn a lot about how beginners think and approach problems so I also make coding tutorials on my YouTube! (Currently working on a few right now but they take forever to make)
What advice would you give to people getting into STEM or tech?
DON’T give up! There will be times where you will be in a challenging course or have rude teammates but take those opportunities to learn and grow, don’t give up! Nothing worth having comes easy, and let me tell you STEM is not easy. Stay focused on your end goal of learning new skills and exploring a different field! Never compare yourself to your peers, always try your hardest because at the end of the day that’s all you can do!
Do you have a role model or a mentor?
My sister! She is a mechanical engineer at Lockheed Martin! She was the one who inspired me to take engineering courses and she has taught me perseverance !
Do you mentor anybody?
Yes I mentor 4 students through the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program at Oregon State University which is dedicated to increasing the number of traditionally underrepresented students successfully completing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). And I recently started mentoring another peer who is looking for guidance in CS and navigating OSU.
I’m a firm believer that mentorship is the key to success. There are studies that prove students with mentors are more likely to peruse higher education and careers with more technical skills
I’d like to think I am also mentoring those who watch my videos and who message me with questions about college! I get lots of messages from girls in high school asking me questions about the collegiate system. This is the power of social media, we are able to connect and mentor people who may live states away! Sharing my knowledge with others and encouraging students is very important to me because I know I am helping change the pipeline of STEM.
Who do you follow online?
I follow other women who are in STEM primarily I follow other women who code. I have found great groups of women in tech who I have been able to contact whenever I have questions. Some of my favorites are dania micala and codenbyte
Whats the best way to keep up with what you are doing?
Following my YouTube and Instagram where I post what’s going on in my life !
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