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Interview with Bianca Vasquez

Bianca is an amazing girl who attends at NASA’s program (NCAS) as an engineering student and founder of the Society of Women in Space Exploration. She is very inspiring. She is doing things with her way and yeey it is the pinkie way 🙂 She is beautiful, funny and strong women in STEM. I hope you enjoy the interview. At the end of the interview, you can find the links to reach her. Let’s dive into interview!

1) Could you tell us a little bit about yourself? 

I grew up in Los Angeles, California. I came to Santa Barbara City College right after high school to figure out what career field I wanted to pursue. After flip-flopping in and out of STEM, I finally decided to pursue engineering and will transfer to a university.

Along with being a student, I founded the Society of Women in Space Exploration (SWISE) to promote more women and diversity in space exploration!

2) How did it all start for you? How did you get in an aero program at NASA? Any tips?

I didn’t know if engineering was for me- I was never a stellar student, I always felt out of place in classes, and I didn’t “look” like an engineer. I didn’t know who to talk to or ask questions to. As a matter of fact, I didn’t really have many women like me to look up to. 

After seeing a rocket launch, I knew I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else. Nothing excites me like space did. 

I heard about a program that NASA had for community college students (NCAS), which excited me because most programs are for university students and/or do not take community college students. I applied and after a 6 week online course for the program, did a final project, scored well, and was invited to the on-site experience at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory! 

Definitely search and ask around about opportunities- big or small. You can learn from absolutely anything if you apply yourself. 

3) How do you keep yourself motivated?

I surround myself with people who are motivated, hardworking, & who I admire. To see friends achieving great things after hard work is incredibly exciting and inspires me to do the same!

I like to watch documentaries about the things I am passionate about- space, rockets, engineering. It makes me excited to know that if I continue on this path, I can also be a part of these great contributions to humanity. 

4) What is it feel like to be testing rocket engines?

It was an experience unlike any other! It was very exciting to always be around some of the smartest, most brilliant minds I’ve ever met and to be very inspired by them!

5) Could you tell us how is your regular day looks like?

I wake up and have some coffee/breakfast, get my things ready for school, go to class, study between classes. In my freetime, I am either working on Society of Women in Space Exploration (SWISE), self-care in some form, or just enjoying life through friends, family, and food!

6) What do you want to achieve in ten years?

In the next few years, I want to transfer to a university, do a few internships, graduate, work for a space company, and grow myself within that company. That’s the skellington of it all. Through it all, I will welcome opportunities that will help me grow and further my abilities as an engineer. No opportunity is a bad opportunity. I am  learning to learn through anything that comes my way- good or bad, failure or win.

7) What is your favorite thing to do for your self-care?

I love to do my nails every end of the week to prepare for the new week. I don’t know why I developed this habit! But I love fresh nails- it reminds me it’s a new week, a new chance to do my absolute best. It makes me feel good about myself. It makes me happy. I have to use my hands to write, to use a calculator, to type, etc. I see and use my hands all the time, it’s nice to see my nails in different shades of my favorite color. 

8) How do you keep yourself calm after a long and bad day? What is your advice on this?

I remind myself a bad day is not a bad life. Sometimes it is hard because I feel tired, unmotivated, read a bad comment or something like that. But at the end of the day, I know myself, I know the journey I am on has not been an easy one and that I deserve to be wherever I am if I worked hard to earn it. I remind myself how far I have come and how far I can go if I keep going.

9) Which path do you suggest to the girls engineering students wants to work in this field?

I recommend reaching out to a professional you admire who is doing what you might want to do, and ask about their journey there. By asking people how they got there, I have learned that there is no exact path and that the opportunities are endless. Your path and all of its content has shaped you to be who you are. Embrace everything that comes your way- good or bad. Take it, and make it into something good. Create opportunities for yourself and others if none are there. Just because things are a certain way, doesn’t mean it has to stay that way forever. Be a positive disrupter! 

10) Which movies/tv-series/podcasts/books etc. you recommend for the girls in STEM?

Crash Course on Youtube is amazing for many STEM topics. The videos are not too long, are fun, and do a great job breaking down every topic. I have learned so much from those videos- both for my education and for fun!

I love her pinkie style so much. I hope this interview inspires every girl to achieve more with preserving their style. You can find Bianca’s ig here

Girls! You are enough, smart and beautiful. Just believe in yourself and work harder. Everything going to be okay 🙂

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