It surprises people when I say I'm an engineering major because I "don't come across as a nerd" and I don't know how to feel about that

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It’s the same for me. I find it entertaining when they find out, honestly. Obviously there’s a certain stereotype for whom people identify as engineers.

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Same. Also being female I had gotten the sexism too that engineering is a man’s job and was I sure I could pass classes. That was stupid.

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When people say “you don’t look like an engineer” or “you don’t look like an architect”, I ask them who they think looks like that, and they pick the nerdy white guy with glasses. They think an architect has more fashion sense than an engineer. They don’t think it’s the black lady or the young hispanic guy, or the guy who played football in college. It’s rooted in racist sexist stereotypes and ignorance. Anyone can be creative and smart. I just hope those ignorant people are ‘t the ones making the hiring decisions.

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A friend of mine hears "you're too pretty to be an engineer" constantly. Oh ok, I didn't realize good looks disqualify someone and limit them to being....a model? Society is long overdue to learn to stop commenting on stereotypes and appearances.

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