Eyimofe A., 18 – FUNDED

“Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.” This quote from the Dalai Lama resonates with Eyimofe A., who is charting her own happiness course in pursuit of her dream to be a senior software engineer at a prominent tech company.

This New Face of Tech winner, who is originally from Lagos, Nigeria, is currently a Computer Science and Mathematics major at Mississippi Valley State University.

What does being the New Face of Tech mean to you?

I am truly honored and proud to be recognized, because the thought that my visibility can inspire a new generation of women in the tech industry brings me immense fulfillment.

Women are underrepresented in STEAM. How can we change this?

It’s crucial to go beyond equal benefits. This involves fostering a supportive work culture, implementing educational initiatives, offering flexible work arrangements, addressing unconscious bias, promoting women into leadership roles, and encouraging industry collaboration.

By taking a comprehensive approach, we can create an inclusive environment that allows women to thrive in the tech industry, contributing diverse perspectives and fostering innovation.

What are some of the challenges you have faced along the way?

Limited access to essential tools and technologies has posed a significant challenge in my pursuit of becoming a software engineer. Overcoming this obstacle involves putting in extra effort, such as exploring alternative learning methods like online courses and self-study while actively seeking mentorship and networking opportunities that are crucial to bridging the educational gap.

Despite these challenges, I am determined and proactive in navigating them to realize my dream.

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

When I feel unmotivated, I like to take a short break to relax. Then, I remind myself of the little time I have to accomplish my goals and how much of a positive influence I want to have on my little brothers. This motivates me to get back to work with renewed determination.

How will funding from the 1,000 Dreams Fund and HARMAN help you reach your goals?

Securing this scholarship alleviates several financial obstacles, enabling me to address costs that currently hinder the achievement of my goals. This support relieves my financial burden, empowering me to pursue my aspirations with renewed determination and enthusiasm.