FOSSI: Tell us a bit about yourself
My name is Aliyah Smith and I am a graduating senior from Matoaca High School. Over the past 4 years, I have been able to maintain a 4.2 GPA. I would describe myself as a well-defined young lady who is an effective, responsible, and a compassionate team player.
As a goal-oriented individual, I always strive to be aware and accountable to the needs of my school, community, and church. Being a conscientious and dedicated student, I continuously challenge myself to enrich the lives of others and my community. I currently serve as a youth representative for my county’s school board, which is known as the Youth Citizen Board. I am also a member of the Jr. National Society of Black Engineers (N.S.B.E.) Organization.
FOSSI: Why are you passionate about pursuing a degree in a STEM-related field?
In middle school, I always knew I wanted to pursue a STEM-related career. English, history, and artistic electives never gave me the same rush as learning scientific information and solving mathematical equations. During my 8th grade year, I had the opportunity to participate in the Richmond Minorities in Engineering Summer Program that was held at one of the local universities.
Since my interest in engineering continued to grow, I became an active member in the Richmond Chapter of the Junior National Society of Black Engineers (N.S.B.E). This platform allowed me to connect and be mentored by professional chapter members which fostered a desire for me to pursue a career in engineering.
Being a conscientious and dedicated student, I continuously challenge myself to enrich the lives of others and my community.
FOSSI: Share a fun fact about yourself.
I can cook an amazing shrimp cajun pasta dish. Don’t tell anyone but the secret ingredient is “Creole Seasoning”.