As we celebrate UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2023 today, ColegauCymru is delighted to share some of the stories of females in further education and their journey to study and work in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The United Nations notes that a significant gender gap has persisted throughout the years at all levels of STEM disciplines all over the world. Even though women have made tremendous progress towards increasing their participation in education, they are still under-represented in these fields.
Our aim is to champion and increase the visibility and appeal of science for all by sharing stories of female role models in this area, and hopefully inspire and motivate more women and girls to study science in future.
Isabela Angele, Gower College Swansea
Studying: A levels in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry
An early interest in STEM subjects
Isabela has always had a keen interest to gain a deeper understanding of how the world works, both at an atomic level and a physical, mechanical way, an interest which first started at primary school.
Isabela chose to study STEM subjects at A level having thoroughly enjoyed mathematics at GCSE. She also found physics and chemistry to be interesting and engaging subjects.
“The best thing about studying STEM subjects at college is how it changes your view in life. Throughout A level, you assess several different scenarios and begin to notice how small principles you learn in physics and chemistry really apply to the world you live in. It becomes more and more interesting the more you learn as you start asking more questions, and want to learn more.
Studying A level science in college has brought more mystery to life, and I’m glad to have the opportunity to learn about these mysteries.”
Plans for the future
Isabela is keen to achieve a Master’s Degree in Mathematics and hopes to study at Imperial College, London. Although not certain about her long-term aspirations, she’s looking towards a career in statistics and actuarial science.
Advice for other girls
Isabela is keen to encourage other girls who are interested in STEM subjects but are not sure about studying them at college or university and assures them that they won’t be the only girl in the class!
She also adds that A level is not just a grade to achieve – you’ll realise that you’re really learning about how the world works. You’ll learn what humans have learned over centuries, in just two years! She encourages girls to jump at the opportunity, it’ll be a decision you definitely won’t regret.
We wish Isabela all the best as she continues her studies!
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International Day of Women and Girls in Science
11 February 2023