Those of you who know me personally, know that my college career has taken a bit longer than normal. After seven years of grinding, taking a semester off here and there, and working full time, I finally reached the finish line of my Bachelors of Science degree in Internet of Things (IOT) Engineering. This summer, I will also start a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering.

The IOT degree path is a brand new program at FIU under the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. It is the first of its kind in the nation, and I am the first graduate to complete the program.

I had the privilege of meeting President Rosenberg personally before commencement. He asked me about my career goals and about the IOT program I have just completed. This was my first time meeting him and I was pleased to find he is such an incredibly nice gentleman.

I was honored to be nominated and selected as a World’s Ahead graduate. The World’s Ahead distinction is awarded to graduates who “exhibit outstanding perseverance, intelligence and personal strength during their time at FIU, and fully demonstrate and embrace  what it means to be Worlds Ahead.”

From the College of Engineering and Computing, nine female graduates were presented with this distinction—a sweeping victory for women in STEM that has never before been seen at FIU. We were each recognized individually at commencement by President Rosenberg and our friends and family were given VIP tickets for the ceremony.

President Rosenberg called us “The Fine Nine”.

No other college at FIU had as many World’s Ahead graduates as the College of Engineering this graduation.

The nine of us were featured in a women in STEM video that was put together by FIU’s media team. The media team did such an amazing job on this video, that it gives me goosebumps.

I am so honored to be recognized with these amazing women, all of whom have done incredible things in their short time at FIU. Our future is definitely bright!

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