Name: Samantha Barrera
School: San Diego Mesa College, Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program
Why did you choose a STEM major?
I like science. I also knew that there would always be a job that pays well. STEM is where the creators are, and I want to be a pioneer.
Have you ever considered leaving your STEM major?
No, I never doubted that a STEM major was right for me.
What keeps you motivated to stay in STEM?
A lot of respect comes to people who finish a STEM degree. I have a lot of family to take care of. I’m the oldest. I think about my family a lot. And I like the thought of getting paid to do something that I like.
What is your favorite study habit?
I watch YouTube videos and work problems from the book. I also make notecards after each chapter section on which I write a general summary and include the formulas from that section. Then before test time, I use my section notecards to write one big notecard that I can stick in my bag and review anywhere throughout the day.