On February 3rd, this young woman made history. Her name is Tiera Guinn, she’s 22-years-old, and she’s going to graduate from MIT with a 5.0 grade point average. It seems to fit perfectly with the recently acclaimed movie “Hidden Figures” having come out in the US (and become the highest grossing Oscar Nominee this year, beating out the musical “La La Land”, by the way) and leading somewhat of a revolution on how people view women in STEM fields.
Why did she decide she wanted this to be her career path? According to the previously linked HuffingtonPost article, she said that “One day I saw a plane fly by and I just had this realization, ‘huh, I can design planes. I’m going to be an aerospace engineer,”’. And that was all it took.
Well, that’s not exactly true. Her mother encouraged this by encouraging her daughter’s obvious math skills at an early age, and that helped her go down this road. In fact, Guinn had been helping her mother with math at the grocery store since she was only six. Clearly, her mother giving her coupons to clip in order to find out the exact price of their grocery trip stuck with Guinn.
If this isn’t an inspiring story for girls who are interested in Science, Tech, Engineering, and Math, than we don’t know what is. Obviously, if you put your mind to something, you can do anything. Including create some history by being so extremely young and still being able to snatch up a job at NASA because you’re just that intelligent.
So congratulations to Tiera Guinn. FemSTEM couldn’t agree with you more when you said: “No matter how tough it may be, no matter how many tears you might cry, you have to keep pushing. And you have to understand that nothing comes easy. Keeping your eyes on the prize, you can succeed.”