In high school in third form I wanted to go into Technical stream, in school I was told by some of my teachers it’s a primarily guys stream, so I didn’t put that as an option, which was okay, because another awesome opportunity came knocking. I was encouraged to join Science Stream, it’s a challenge that I took gracefully and have never regretted; back then it didn’t seem like such a big deal a girl being in Science stream it still doesn’t actually at least in Guyana; my female friends and I were never faced with the stereotype that “Science is unfeminine”. At University however, this changed; it’s the aspect of your life that you make decisions that can impact all of your tomorrows. I was looked down upon because of my age, people often said “you’re young”, “take a break”, “live life a little”, all these phrases were taunting and so many times I wanted to agree with them. If it wasn’t my age, it was their perception of me; for instance, “you’re a nerd” or guys would say “you’re beautiful + smart”, these lines as small as they seem were hurtful. Being referred to as a nerd made me feel unattractive because of society’s portrayal of nerds via the media and wearing glasses in reality didn’t help a lot either. Being told that I’m beautiful plus smart, it was like being told, “girl you cannot be beautiful AND smart”, like why not I’m just as 100% human as guys are hence I have the same capabilities as they do, the repetition of these phrases in my life, forced me to not want to wear glasses and also to dress up and wear makeup, just so that I would not be perceived as a nerd or someone that studies Sciences in society. Lastly, being told “it’s time you get married”, “you’re of the age”, “you’re a girl”, “your biological clock is ticking”, I often found these funny and not hurtful, these latter phrases are being told to me now and I agree with them, but my future as a wife and a mother is just as important as my academics and career, and I believe that I can have them both, I can easily say this because I see it within my home through my mom, one of my role models. In America women make up ~27% of the holders of STEM careers, these stats are this way because of girls being told some of the exact lines that I was and am being told, forcing us to compromise, like I once did or even quitting.