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Many examples of hispanics who came to the US and thrived after facing lots of cultural barriers have already been featured on this show. And today’s guest, a woman engineer and mother of two pursuing her PhD, also deserves a special spot among them.
Fernanda Sulantay first came to the US when she was 19 years old. She started out at a community college, taking part in many projects that gave her lots of hands-on experience. This experience not only allowed her to get a job even before graduating, but also got her started in the research world at Princeton University. Later on, she got accepted to a PhD program at Yale University. And people still think a community college is still not a great option, right?
Today, Fernanda shares her life story as a first generation college student, how she dealt with cultural differences in school and work, and how she balances her life responsibilities and goals as a mother of two pursuing a PhD.
Fernanda Sulantay is a chemical engineer pursuing her PhD in chemical engineering at Yale University. She is also a content creator who helps college students thrive, especially those coming from underrepresented backgrounds and low-income families. She was born and raised in El Salvador and is now living in Connecticut. She is also a mother of two.
What You’ll Learn:
- Fernanda's Story as an Immigrant Coming into the US for more Life Opportunities
- How Practical Projects in College Can Give You the Hands-on Experience You Need
- How She Got into Academic Research at Princeton University under the REU Program
- The Benefits of a Community College People Overlook — And Why It’s a Great Option
- A Financial Aid Resource That Can Cover All (or a Huge Part of) Your Education Costs
- The Challenges First Generation Students Have to Overcome on Their Own…
- …And the Best Ways for them to Overcome These Challenges.
- Dealing With Cultural Differences in School and Work (Even if You're not an Immigrant)
- How to Balance Life Responsibilities as an Engineer and Mother of Two Pursuing a PhD
- Getting Accepted for a PhD Program in Chemical Engineering at Yale University
- How to Handle Universities’ Lack of Support for Moms Going Through Grad School
- How to Make Important Decisions Regarding Work, Education, and Life
- Why Mental Health Matters — And How It Can Increase Your Productivity
- Fernanda’s Social Media Content Creation on Instagram Inspiring Other Engineers
- There’s No Set Deadlines in Life: Focus on What Matters to You, And on Your Own Time
- Fernanda's #1 Life Advice Regardless of Your Age
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