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Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Jasmine Herbert, Woman in Engineering Q & A

April 6, 2015

Jasmine Herbert

Jasmine Herbert

1) Why did you decide to attend IUPUI?
Early on in my high school career I knew that I wanted to go out of state for college. Upon visiting schools such as Ball State and Purdue I learned that the typical college town wasn’t something that fit my interests and I really wanted to be emerged into an urban environment. Once I visited Indianapolis I knew right away that I would be able to find home at IUPUI because the campus has so much to offer.
 
2) How did you become interested in Computer and Information Technology?
I’ve always had a passion for computers but what really sparked my interest was web design. For this reason, I chose to declare a concentration in web development so that I could gain the necessary skills to become an application developer.
 
3) What activities were you a part of in high school that helped prepare you for college?
In high school I ran cross country while also working full-time. This taught me how to balance a schedule but I also feel that my high school extracurricular activities contributed to my desire to be heavily involved in campus activities.
 
4) What was the biggest difference for you between high school and college?
I’ve found that the biggest difference between high school and college is having a loosely structured schedule. In high school I was used to having a routine schedule everyday but in college that is not the case. I’ve also experienced a significant difference in the amount of studying and reading that I’ve had to do for my courses. Thankfully I’ve had great professors at IUPUI who are more than willing to go out of their way to answer any questions I may have.
 
5) How has your involvement outside of the classroom impacted your experience at IUPUI?
Outside of the classroom I have an executive board position with the National Society of Black Engineers. Being involved with an organization such as NSBE has been a wonderful experience because I am able to connect with different engineering and technology majors who look like me. NSBE has also made me aware of how diverse the IUPUI campus is and it has been a pleasant experience getting to learn about various cultures.
 
6) Describe a project, internship, co-op, or research experience that has been influential to your career development.
The second semester of my sophomore year I completed a Co-Op position with Johnson & Johnson in their Change Management Department in Raritan, New Jersey. In this position I was fortunate enough to be able to take on the duties of a regular full-time employee and my manager really made me feel a part of the team. I would say the most influential part of this experience was the fact that I was able to connect and network with various employees throughout all of J&J’s global sites and departments. The process of relocation to another state also taught me a lot about myself, and where I would like to end up in my career.
 
7) What advice or encouragement would you give to other females considering a degree in engineering?
Don’t be afraid to try something new. What seems like your biggest mistake can often serve as your greatest learning opportunity.