Hi everyone! My name is Sameen and I am a Grade 10 student at J. Clarke Richardson Collegiate. Today, I had the pleasure to attend Illuminate x Durham’s regional conference. Here are my thoughts highlighting what I learned about different things women need to consider and be mindful of when going into the stem. They highlighted challenges that we might face and ways we can overcome them. The workshops were inspirational and motivational with personal stories, experiences, and tips. One of the important things I learnt was not everything I do (extracurricular) have to do related to my desired field. I will consider this in the future and pick extracurricular based on my interests and preferences. I’ve learnt that youth ideas and contributions are needed and we as youth should reach out and take on new opportunities.