Even though I came to the conclusion on my own, my parents knew since I was a little girl that I would pursue engineering. My dad, an electrical and mechanical engineer, used to make me recite algebra equations while in line at amusement parks and my mom used to call me “her little engineer.”
Now I am a 3rd year chemical engineering student at the University of Virginia, and I am double minoring in Engineering Business and Science & Technology Policy.
This summer I am working as a marketing intern for Lilly Pulitzer. Engineering is all about solving problems, being creative, and collaborating with others, and those skills can be applied to clothing development as well as pharmaceuticals and nanotechnology. Because of my background in engineering, I am always looking at situations in a different perspective, and instead of asking “why doesn’t this work?” I often ask “how can we make this work better?” Interning at Lilly has given me the opportunity to explore the crossroads between fashion and engineering, and that is truly a dream come true for me!