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Women Who Reign: Allison Tsay

“One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes… and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.” — Eleanor Roosevelt, former First Lady

Tell us about yourself along with a fun fact!
Hey fellow Reigners! I am a sophomore at Harvard University studying Electrical Engineering. Although I absolutely love living in Boston, I grew up in suburban Missouri and will always be a Midwesterner at heart. In high school, I was heavily involved in FIRST robotics, which sparked my interest in engineering. Whenever I’m not playing around with circuits and electronics, I am an avid martial artist (second degree black belt in Taekwondo), Zumba aficionado, and amateur ukulele player. On campus, I am active in robocup (a robotics soccer team), various engineering societies (SWE and others), and a hip-hop dance company.

Fun fact: I love traveling, and I lived in Sweden for a month when I was 5 years old.

What # would define your life journey?

Favorite website / app:
My favorite website has to be Quirky. It’s an online invention platform that expedites the innovation process by directly connecting inventors with companies. It’s a lot of fun to browse through ideas and I plan on submitting some of my own pretty soon.

I love art, traveling, fashion, and everything else in between, so Pinterest is a no-brainer. Whenever I’m traveling, waiting in airports, etc, Pinterest is my go-to app for inspiration!

Someone who inspires you and knowledge they have imparted:
Hillary Clinton, Beyoncé, and Malala Yousafzai

Song that makes you want to dance:
Desperado // Rihanna
This song is catchy, brooding, and powerful. Everything I look for in a Rihanna song.

Challenge you’ve faced and how you overcame it:
I went into a power engineering internship this summer with no prior experience in power systems. It was challenging to dive right into the engineering work—new concepts and engineering methods were thrown at me left and right. At times, it was overwhelming trying to figure out how to complete tasks that were completely foreign to me while also working around a deadline. At the end, I gained so much valuable experience from the very steep learning curve and also had some fun along the way!

Ideal Job:
My interests lie in electrical engineering and also the intersection between business and engineering. I would ideally be working in a job that is fulfilling, meaningful, and also has an element of fun! Since I also love traveling and the idea of living abroad,  my ideal job would be working as a roboticist for Disneyland Paris. That’s rather specific, so if that doesn’t work out, I’d be very happy working in the EV (electrical vehicle) industry or in computer architecture.

What knowledge would you impart to women in order for them to REIGN their lives?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions and make some noise. This is something that I’m still working on and striving toward: asking more questions and being more vocal. Being curious, inquisitive, and asking the right questions is the first step towards becoming a game changer.

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