Stacie Ann Silva 2017-08-30 01:23:34
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California Ag Systems Management, B.S., 2018 Hometown: Tulare, California Enjoys: Archery, hiking/backpacking. Avid reader and inspired by TED Talks. Being involved in the Cal Poly Ag Engineering Society (which has our ASABE branch under its umbrella) has been the highlight of my college experience. My service as both AES president and Student Mechanized Branch vice president (and one of the BBQ cochairs!) helped me grow and realize my potential. It enriched every day on campus with new relationships and experiences. I’m proudest of being the first female BBQ chair in the over-30-year history of our club. I was elected because people saw me as capable and organized. I felt understood, trusted, and like I was in on the secret! I was serving in a role with a majority male membership, and no one batted an eye. I have one more year at Cal Poly. After graduation, I plan to move to Sacramento and pursue a law degree with a focus on ag issues and policy. My goal is to work in the state capitol during law school and learn the right moves, so that after law school, everything will fall into place and I’ll be equipped to find a job influencing policy. In the future, I hope to be a successful lawyer, lobbyist, and “agvocate.” My long-term goal is to attend law school, but I know that I’ll be more valuable if I get a technical degree first. My father is a highly technical person with the mind of an engineer, but he was not able to attend college because he was needed to help run the family dairy operation. That always bothered me when I was growing up. I want to take what I learned growing up in my dad’s machine shop and show him that, even though he wasn’t able to pursue a degree, his influence has helped me reach the next level. I wanted a program that would challenge me, and I found that in Ag Systems Management. I knew I had made the right decision when I showed up for classes in my major. I was stoked to learn about cost analysis and hydraulics, and that euphoria still happens every time I walk into a classroom. Don’t just think about an ASM degree, do it! ASM will force you to use your brain in ways you never have before, and that is oh-so-powerful. But don’t let your classes get in the way of your education. If you’re a woman, that may not be easy. You might be the only female in some of your classes, and you may have to deal with some doubt (from yourself and your classmates). There might even be an unsavory comment or two thrown your way, but you will be all the stronger for it. The only way to inspire change in industry or society is to assert your position in it. Women now occupy more classroom space in traditional engineering programs and management programs—especially technical management programs—but we still have a ways to go. Don’t let that deter you from pursuing the education you want. Don’t be afraid to be a presence in the classroom. You go, girl! Read more of Arturo Barajas’s story and my story on the next page.
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