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May 22, 2019

Were you ever asked the question, “what do you want to be when you grow up”? Today's episode will remind you of who your teenage-self used to be. If you feel lost, stuck, or unsure of what to include on your bucket list, which goals to chase and what dreams to pursue, listen to Karina's story.

Karina Popovich is determined to have her name listed alongside other STEM giants such as Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, and Elon Musk. At 14 she founded the company, Connect with Tech, to give students of underrepresented backgrounds the opportunity to deep-dive into the world of technology through coding workshops, speaker sessions, and tech programs. In a few weeks, she'll graduate from the prestigious Brooklyn Technical High School in New York City before heading to Cornell University to pursue a degree in Business and Engineering. 

We discuss: 

  • Why she unapologetically calls herself an engineer 
  • How life as a first-generation immigrant influenced her work ethic
  • Confidence as a young woman in a male-dominated field of STEM 
  • Apprenticeship with Girls Who Code 
  • Ways her parents' support and encouragement has influenced her

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