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Victoria Sosnovtseva - Russia/Denmark <- Click on link for full story
"..Growing up, my mom brought me to the university a lot so I was always exposed to science experiments and computers. Studying physics just made sense for me. It was a beautiful way to understand the fundamentals of nature and I was absolutely sure that I would spend the rest of my life doing it. But in Berkeley I’ve found that there aren’t enough women in STEM. In upper division physics classes I would sometimes be the only girl there. I felt very strange because I never saw this kind of inequality in Denmark. There were many points where I wanted to give up and change my major. I felt a double-imposter syndrome. "
How does one overcome a very painful experience? Paulina shared with us her story and the lessons that she has learned from facing such adversity.
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