Meet Aaliyah Stier in IT-oLogy’s first 2022 Star Student Spotlight! Aaliyah is a Junior in High School and is also a second semester student at Midlands Technical College.
We caught up with Aaliyah to ask her a few interview questions about her experience with STEM and her future plans:
I am a High School Junior also in my second semester at Midlands Tech. I’ve received an invitation to the National Society of Leadership and Success.
What initially sparked your interest in coding/STEM?
I was always interested robots and coding so, STEM seemed really interesting to me. Just having the ability to incorporate it to my career goals is a plus.
Why are you interested in studying Medical Engineering?
I’m interested in it because I always hoped to be in the medical field but also like engineering so, I wanted to find a career that was both and that’s where I found medical engineering.
Where do you hope to see yourself in 10 years?
In ten years I hope to own a prosthetics business as well as accommodate patients with their physical therapy needs.
What advice would you have for other young ladies interested in pursuing STEM careers?
To find your passion and try different areas of STEM out. Even though you may not find it enjoyable at the beginning you will find that you can apply your STEM skills in many different areas.
Tell us about your experience with IT-oLogy’s Girls Who Code club.
I really like GWC and hope to continue this program. I learned many things about coding as it helped me find a degree and career I want to pursue.
What do you plan to do with your degree?
I plan on opening my own prosthetics building for those who need custom prosthetics like athletic amputees, also for veterans and kids.
What have you learned that has made a difference to you?
I had very little interest in STEM but, since learning I’ve realized how it can be applied to my career. STEM will also give me the knowledge, confidence and skills to serve those in my community. I learned that there’s a lot that you can do and pursue in STEM.