A Panelist, Judge, and Instructor. OH MY!

So today is the complete definition of what I’d like to call “A Good Day!” I started my day off by being a panelist for North Carolina A&T State University’s Transfer & Graduate Open House. The panel was comprised of PhD and Masters student’s in various disciplines. We shared with prospective students our experiences, things to know, what to expect, etc. The panel concluded with the Graduate College giving us gifts ūüôā

My next stop was to attend the Region 2 National Society of Black Engineers Conference. I had the pleasure of being a judge for the poster competition. I was truly inspired by the young bright minds of the future. I’m in awe of the research that is taking place within the various engineering fields. It is a privilege to be a judge that is able to support the learning as well as to encourage the young scholars.

My last event while at the conference was to be an Instructor for INTech Camp for Girls. I had soooooooo much fun! I was able to share with the young ladies my journey in STEM as well as teach them HTML. The young ladies were in high school and already have very impressive resumes. It was an honor to meet the next generation of computer scientists!

Below are a few videos and of pictures from the day!

#R2NSBE #INTechCamp #HTML #Coding #NSBE #R2NSBE #FUN

 

2017 Grace Hopper Celebration

Wow! What a high I’m still on from the Grace Hopper Conference! I came, I saw, and I conquered ūüôā

Who is Grace Hopper?

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Grace Hopper is considered a pioneer of computer programming. As a computer scientist and admiral, she invented one of the first compiler related tools which led to the development of a programming language called COBOL. See more about Grace Hopper.

About the Grace Hopper Conference

AnitaB.org hosts annually the Grace Hopper Celebration. It is the largest conference held for Women in Computing/Technologists. This year it was held in Orlando, Florida at the Orange County Convention Center for 3 days (October 4-6). There were approximately 18,000+ attendees at the conference. There were keynotes, ABIE awards given, sessions/panels, a career fair, and interviews scheduled/completed for job seekers.

About the Grace Hopper Scholarship

This was my first time attending the conference and I had the privilege of being selected as a Grace Hopper Scholar (see badge above at the very top). I was so excited to receive the scholarship, as it is truly competitive. There were somewhere between 15,000 applicants and out of that number 657 applicants were selected. Out of the 657 applicants, 93 identified as Black or African-American and I was one of them. There were over 500 reviewers who selected the scholars. To my knowledge, I am the first African-American graduate student who has received this honor from North Carolina A&T State University. The scholarship provides many amenities including:

  • Conference Registration
  • Flight
  • Hotel
  • Stipend
  • Meal Card

I encourage you if you’ve never been to attend the conference and also apply for the scholarship.

What you need to know

Be prepared to walk

I walked anywhere from 5-10 miles each day (way to get in my 10k+ steps)! So when you come to this conference bring your walking shoes and also wear comfortable clothing. Also, you may need a sweater for the sessions and keynotes (a bit chilly at times).

Be prepared to network

At a conference as large as this, be prepared to connect with various people¬†from all walks of life. If you are an introvert and not good at getting out of your shell, practice your elevator speech and make it a point to connect with at least 5-10 people per day. You’d be surprised at who may be from your same hometown, state, have similar research interests, or what you may have in common.

Another reason you need to network is that many companies have receptions each night (some invite only). Take full advantage of these opportunities to engage with their staff and of course to have fun too.

Be prepared to learn

As you attend the keynotes, panels, and sessions be prepared to learn. Bring something to write with as you may want to take notes. There are so many nuggets of wisdom shared during the conference as well as inspirational stories. Also if you have interviews scheduled take notes on what answers your interviewer gives you on all the questions you have. You may want to take notes on any questions you need to better answer for your next interview too. Be engaged and present!

Be prepared to get swag

As you pack your suitcase to attend the conference make sure to leave space for the gifts, door prizes, and the swag that may be raffled or given to you during the conference. My suitcase gained an additional 20 pounds of goodies on my return flight home at the airport. Luckily I had room in my suitcase to bring these goodies home.

Upload your Resume to the GHC database

One way to get interviews scheduled, invitations to company receptions, and or events is to load your resume to the GHC database. I did this and I had so many opportunities at the conference as a result. Check your spam folder occasionally as well. Some of my best invitations got lost in spam so check your spam folder prior and during the conference.

Print out your resume and bring it to the conference

Since this was my first time at the conference I only printed out a few copies of my resume (20 to be exact) and I ran out ūüė¶ I would recommend printing anywhere from 50-100 copies of your resume to give out. One touch that may make your resume stand out is adding a photo. Every company that I handed my resume to was impressed with its appearance and loved the fact that I included a photo (this may help in them remembering you). Check out my resume and cv here: www.siobahncday.com.

Send follow-up emails

At the career fair and along the way during the conference, you will give out or receive many business cards. Make sure to follow up with those people via email and reference the conference and or how you met them. People are very impressed with this and it may gain you an interview, internship, or more.

Enjoy Yourself

Lastly, I want to conclude with just to enjoy yourself. You may get overwhelmed at the conference because there is so much going on. That’s normal, however just make sure to be your best self and have fun! Don’t forget to enjoy the moment and take as many pictures, videos, snaps, etc. as you like! Here are a few of my photos from the conference!

 

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