STEM Spotlight: Brittany

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

I really enjoyed the first STEM spotlight, so today I'm back with another! This time I'm speaking with Brittany who is one of my little sisters in Delta Zeta! 

Name: Brittany Postma
Age: 19

Field of STEM: Nursing

Describe yourself in three words?
Determined, independent, creative

What sparked your interest in your field?
Incorporating knowledge, in particular about the human body, into giving back to others. I love to learn but also serve. There are also so many different paths I can take in this career.

What would your dream job be?
 My dream nursing job has changed a lot in the past few years, but right now I am really interested in oncology and hope to one day be a nurse practitioner.

What are the best and worst parts about being a woman in STEM?
In general, it is a little difficult to be a woman in any science/math/technology because there are many men in these fields and many people see these types of careers as a man’s specialty. I am lucky however to be in a program that has many females and some wonderful male students. The best part of being a woman in a position of knowledge, power, or even an unexpected position in general, is proving to everyone that we are capable.

Who are your biggest supporters?
My family are my biggest supporters (or they call themselves number one fans), as I am the first person in the family to pursue this career. On the other side of the spectrum, I have very close friends in my program that keep me motivated every single day.

What advice would you give to girls who are intimidated to pursue a career in STEM?
 Never feel intimidated by being different in anything you do. Use it as a reason to stand out from others, and be noticed by peers and even future employers. One day they will be a role model to someone else and it is a great feeling.

When will you know that you’ve made it?
There are two sides to this. 1- I feel like I have made it. I am pursuing a career that is in demand and keeps me engaged at all times, I have made connections and friends that I never thought I would, I am always learning and feel more happiness than disappointment. However, 2- I will never feel like I am done. There is always more to do, see and learn. “I am proud but never satisfied.”

Thanks Brittany! 
You can check out my first interview with Eileen here


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