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Smriti Singh

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Make nerd the new bold.

WHAT DO YOU DO?

I'm a software engineer in the Healthcare industry

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?

Ever since my dad brought home the Compaq ProSignia Desktop 330 in 2001, the bulky machine was the most fascinating thing I had ever seen as a four year old. My mom would allow only an hour of screen time but my world revolved around it. I would eat, sleep, play around it. And in 10th grade when it came to choosing my stream, it was this love for computers that drove me to choose Computer Science.

WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT & THINK, "I WISH YOUNGER ME WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE?"

Working in healthcare, I might not be on the front lines but my work helps save lives. I'm accountable and this accountability is what drives me to give my best with no scope of an error. And this responsibility is what makes me feel liberated. I wish the younger me knew how great it feels to realize your calling.

WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?

STEM, to me, symbolizes solution. Solution to every obstacle towards a better future. And I love contributing towards this vision.
I always dreamed of making a dent in this universe by changing the world. Everyday I wake up hoping that maybe today I'll achieve something that'll help make this world a better place.

BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?

There was a time when female role models in the field of science were scarce. But over the years, women have worked hard and fought harder to make their presence felt. We should carry their legacy forward and make nerd the new bold.

INSPO / FUN FACT

Don't ever let somebody tell you that you can't do something.