2016 Grad Ready to Stand Out

Kasey Friedenreich (right) with fellow graduate, Noel Whitlock.

My name is Kasey Friedenreich and I am a woman about to go into the field of engineering – a field typically male dominated. This being a fact, it makes it quite difficult at times to pursue this career choice. You encounter those who doubt your abilities, and those who overestimate them, because as a woman, I am not just a normal employee, or a normal student. I am the female in a class of males. This makes me stand out amongst the crowd. Eyes turn to me, voices whisper of me, and someone is bound to walk up to me and test my intellect. I am different, I stand out, and I never blend into the crowd. This can be good. Those around me notice my achievement more so than if a male achieved the same feat; however, my faults are also more targeted.

There are improvements being made, but that mostly depends on whom you surround yourself with. At Holy Trinity, I was treated as an equal. I was a student with a world of potential and a bright future ahead. In fact, I had a female teacher, whom we all know and love as Mrs. Meier, who introduced me to the world of programming, thus making it less intimating to be the only female student.

I am proud of my choice in career. Those who doubt me, I prove wrong, those who root for me, I make proud. I stand out, and that’s what I want. If am able to do what I love, no soul on earth can bring me down. What people say about me does not matter as long as I am proud of myself. With more and more women are entering the engineering field every day, I will not be alone.  The term “male dominated” does not scare us.

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