Connie is studying biomedical engineering at Washington University, but don't make the mistake of pigeonholing her into this field, because she is a firm believer in learning as much information as possible because who knows, maybe she'll need it 20 years from now.
This is the logic that led her to a talk on Venture Capital recently, where she was the only female in the room. "I don't think there are a lot of girls who are interested in tech or finance, but I was the ONLY girl there and it was really interesting". She had recently finished reading 'Lean In' by Sheryl Sandberg, which mentions the lack of women in these types of positions and industries, so it was poignant for her to witness this firsthand.
This summer at Capital One, Connie will be working as a business analyst. Yet another foray into uncharted territory for her (she's never taken a business class)! She took this job because she thought it would be beneficial to help her go through a logical thought process. We laughed at the fact that although she feels like she's very logical, sometimes she just goes with what feels right, like music. Have you ever heard of Jammin' with Phil? Me either. But if Connie has anything to say about it, you will very soon. The music scene at Washington University is growing and she has two friends who are rappers that introduced her to Jammin' with Phil. They were looking for a manager to help them book shows and Connie had some background in programming, so she volunteered! She already had a love for music, playing piano and trumpet, so it was easy for her to bridge the gap between her music and programming experience.
I don't know how she finds the time for everything, but in addition to managing a band and participating in talks on Venture Capital, Connie is also on the swim team and is the Vice President of the Junior Class. Does she have time to help put together a research symposium? Yes! And, how about putting together a two day event that takes big issues and breaks them down to the practical ways they can help society? Done!
This two day event was her brainchild after she won the student lottery and was able to attend the Clinton initiative. She thought, why doesn't Washington University do something like this? So, she brought the idea to the Dean of Engineering and received more support than she expected. The concept is to have different stations with topics like 'food safety' or 'environmental protection' and let students convene in areas that interest them to share ideas and research. Then she hopes to have a major speaker lined up and the next day panel discussions by alumni and local business owners. This event will be open to all students, but it's intended to help the speakers, too. Hopefully the event will help them see how their ideas can be practically applied and contribute to humanity.
Connie is applying for medical school this summer while she works on her multitude of other projects.
Keep your eyes out for her, because with all of the experience she's gaining, who knows where she'll end up...
Insights: Everything Connie does, she does with purpose. Although we didn't get to it, I think she has a destination in mind. I give myself daily goals and hourly goals that help me reach my monthly goals. But what do those months add up to? Like Connie, I need to pinpoint a destination to make the journey more meaningful.