What fuels your drive? To inspire young women to pursue careers in STEM since it is still a predominantly male dominated field. I encourage and mentor young women to pursue careers in STEM because I didn't have anyone through grade school do that for me. In fact, I had a teacher in grade school encourage me *not* to pursue science because I struggled in my science classes growing up. I could have easily let that teacher's opinion influence my future, but I chose not to and look where I am today. Side note: I did end up running into the same teacher after graduating with my Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Science and I will never forget his facial expression when I told him I was taking a position with the National Weather Service as a forecaster!

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