The STEM world is a large and sometimes intimidating place. There is so much one cane do in science, technology, engineering, and math that finding figuring out what you want to do can seem like an impossible task. Have no fear! There are some simple steps you can take that will help you find your place.
Take a Class
Taking a class is a good way to see how good you are at a skill and if that topic really interests you. It doesn’t have to be for a grade or have deadlines. There are a variety of online classes that can be done as quickly or slowly as you want but stil provide check points and quality lessons. For programmers, I like code.org and code academy. For general STEM lessons, khan academy is a great place to start.
Find a Club
Club are a great way to meet people who are actively learning about a certain topic or field. Reach out to a local chapter of organizations like Society of Women Engineers, Association of Computing Machinery, or Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Ask if you can sit in on a meeting or have lunch with some of their officers. See what kind of projects they are working on and if they are interesting to you.
Talk to a Pro
If you are by a research college, most professors are actively researching in their field. Reach out to them and see if you can meet them to talk about their research. More than likely, they would love to meet and talk to you. (Researchers love to talk about their research.) Ask them questions and see if anything sparks your interest. They may also be able to tell you what subjects you should look into to get ahead or further explore your curiosity.
The STEM world is full of endless opportunities for those would decide to venture into it. Don’t worry if you don’t fully know where you want to go and what you want to do. You aren’t alone. Ask questions and take your time deciding. Fund something you love to do and put all of your energy into it!