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Women Who Reign: Ema Tasmin

“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.” – Herman Melville

Tell us about yourself along with a fun fact!
Hello! I am a software engineer at Electronic Arts in Seattle, Washington. I grew up in New Jersey and moved out here shortly after graduating from Rutgers University in May 2017 with a computer science degree. I was working every summer in college, which helped me pin down what I want from a corporate workplace. And it is two things, really – trust in my leadership and peers, and passion in my work. You have those — you are set.

My life outside of work focuses on personal art projects and friendships. I also like to dance and cook. Overall, I am a deeply creative person and expressing myself in different ways provides a lot of meaning (and stress relief!) in my life. I am slowly working on a dream of mine to share and sell my art online.

Fun fact: I have a suitcase full of letters from pen pals across the US who I exchanged letters with for over two years during high school. They are so dear to me!

Ema Tasmin2

What # would define your life journey?
#icanprobablymakethat — I’m a total DIY-er and if it’s something really cool, I’ll figure out a way to do it myself as my next big project. Added bonus is that I get to put my personal touch on it.

Favorite website / app:
My favorite entertainment app is Spotify. I’ve never discovered music within my tastes so effortlessly. Their daily mixes and discover weekly playlists are no joke.

My favorite productivity apps are Google Calendar (events) and TickTick (tasks). Together, they make a powerful duo. Toggl is also pretty neat, if you like time tracking and using the pomodoro technique.

Someone who inspires you and knowledge they have imparted:
I am inspired every day by my friends who continue to grow into themselves despite the hardships they face in life. Of course, my mom also inspires me with a selflessness I can only hope to achieve.

Ema Tasmin3

Song that makes you want to dance:
Voice – Far From Finished. The song exudes such a love for life. Soca music in general gets me moving quick!

Challenge you’ve faced and how you overcame it:
For the longest time, I believed I was allowed one passion. It was back in high school/early college years where all my classmates seemed convinced in their directions. I felt like an imposter when I would go home and NOT want to code side projects but instead draw or write. As much as I like coding, it’s not a wind-down activity for me. But at the time, I was confused why I didn’t have that same fervor. I thought maybe my other interests were impeding that progress and ended up setting aside my artistic pursuits just to keep up with others in the CS major.

Well… I eventually figured out that I was sacrificing myself as a person by doing that. Comparing myself to others is really the thief of joy. Luckily, I came back to my hobbies like the tide comes back to the shore. Splitting up my time between tech and art is my best case for personal fulfillment, and I find there are many others like me.

What knowledge would you impart to women in order for them to REIGN their lives?
Never apologize for taking up space in the world. Own your space. Make it bigger, if you like.

Ema Tasmin4

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