"Engineering is not a box. You can be whoever you want to be in engineering because that's what we are. We're problem-solvers. We are creatives. We are so many things. It's such a diverse field."
"I just knew that I was meant to be a computer engineer at age 12."
There wasn't a lot of STEM awareness at Catherine's school so she used the internet to learn as much as she could. She won an HTML-coding contest in middle school by creating a website combining her two passions- fashion and coding.
"My sophomore year, I started struggling a lot in my classes. I looked for help in the usual places (outside of SHPE) and instead of encouraging me, they ended up telling me that engineering was not my place. I was devastated and embarrassed to go back to my SHPE Familia. I felt like I let them down."
"My advice for a new SHPE member is to find a mentor. I am fortunate enough to have many mentors- not just mentors but lifelong friends. They've helped me pave my career path and have supported me emotionally. They are definitely my backbone."