Ophelia is a 23-year old with a Bsc. Degree in Geological Engineering from the University of Mines and Technology, Ghana. She loves coding, watching movies and making friends.
Why did you get into STEM?
Growing up, my only desire was to be different, strong minded, creative and confident. Not many careers give you the freedom and the opportunity to unleash your creative potential these days. With this passion in mind, I got introduced to STEM in the early stages of my life by reading the biographies of astute women in the likes of Marissa Mayor (Yahoo CEO), Lucy Quist and many other women engineers who are making marvellous and exceptional changes in the world.
What do you consider your greatest achievements?
Success has given me confidence, satisfaction and a little bit of attitude to my personality.
But failures or setbacks over the years have taught me patience, perseverance and humility. Most importantly, it has taught me how to respond to and to respect situations and bad phases. All these, together, have taught me how to relate, to adapt and to be independent and creative in my field of work.
What challenges have you faced as a woman in STEM and how did you overcome them?
Being a female engineer is one challenge on its own: you will always be underestimated, judged before you speak and hated for no reason. However, because I had a passion of fire for my work, I wasn’t going to give up on myself. I never came this far just to quit because some people who don’t know me and what I am about to want to make me feel bad for being a woman. “No one can make you feel inferior without your own consent.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
What is your advice to budding women in STEM?
No one said it was easy. No one said it is going to be rosy, but it is always worth it if you want to be one of the best, the greatest and an inspiration – if you want to be a changemaker and to be different. You know yourself better. Never let anyone define you as they seem fit.