#MySTEMjourney – Nayaab Hussain, BSc (Hons) Mathematics
Raising aspirations for women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
I’m currently a third year student studying Mathematics at the University of Portsmouth.
I knew from a fairly early age that I wanted to study a STEM subject. My maths teacher in secondary school really inspired me and we even had a STEM club that was set up for us. I think I was really lucky going through school as my maths teacher made the subject fun! She challenged our thinking but was really relaxed about it. She never forced us to do anything but the way she taught made everything seem interesting and I knew I wanted to take that learning further.
People always assume that maths is just about numbers, but it’s about so much more. At a completely basic level Maths simply involves solving a problem.
Being a part of a STEM club when I was younger gave me the opportunity to travel to NASA in the United States for two weeks for astronaut training. We met actual astronauts and other people that worked at NASA as well. All of them were women. All of them were inspiring. People always assume that maths is just about numbers, but it’s about so much more. At a completely basic level Maths simply involves solving a problem. There is generally one answer or a set of answers but you still need written and communication skills to be able to convey your findings to others.
If there was one message I could send to young girls who were thinking about studying in a STEM subject, it would be for them to not feel like they have to limit themselves. Just because you can do something like maths don’t feel like you can’t take part in art, sport, or other things. It is all possible and there are people who will support you!
This blog post was written by Nayaab Hussain, United Kingdom.