Ordinarily Extraordinary - Conversations with women in STEM

100. Isabel Nelson - Computer Science (soon to be) graduate; Kathy's daughter

March 22, 2023 Kathy Nelson
Ordinarily Extraordinary - Conversations with women in STEM
100. Isabel Nelson - Computer Science (soon to be) graduate; Kathy's daughter
Show Notes

Isabel Nelson is a senior majoring in computer science, minoring in business at Montana State University. She is in her last semester of college and is beginning to look for jobs.

What do we talk about in this episode?

Isabel talks about why she decided to go into computer science even though she had never taken a coding class before declaring her major.

  1. How Post Secondary Education Option (PSEO) and starting college during COVID affected her college experience.
  2. The difference between a BS and BA in computer science.
  3. How to deal with social anxiety when you're starting to job hunt and interview.
  4. Challenges of starting work life remotely. Her full remote internship was not a great entry into the work world.
  5. The importance of internships and leveraging connections and networks to find and change jobs. 
  6. Don't be afraid or embarassed to find resources such as tutors to help you be successful in college.
  7. Girls should be able to be themselves - dress how they want to, wear makeup, do their nails, etc. and be in STEM fields.
  8. Normalizing girls and women in STEM in media, social media, etc. to make it more accessible to young girls/women.

Music used in the podcast: Higher Up, Silverman Sound Studio


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