Athens, OH 17 September 2018 –
This past March I had the opportunity to attend the Women in Aviation International conference in Reno, Nevada with our university’s chapter. Over the several days that we were there I was able to not only speak with potential employers but was also able to interact with women who have created careers for themselves in the aviation industry.
I was very inspired by the stories that I heard while attending the conference. The speakers all had incredible stories about being the first female captain at their airline, flying solo flights around the world, and even working at NASA. Only five percent of the aviation industry is composed of women so being able to meet and get to know other female pilots was really exciting for me.
While we were there I was able to attend a scholarship dinner hosted by Southwest Airlines where I got to meet women my age who were also going through flight training. At the time I had just gotten my private pilot’s license and though I was very excited about my accomplishment, I was definitely intimidated being surrounded by people who are much further along in their training than I was.
However, after telling some of the other pilots about it I was met only with enthusiasm and they were all thrilled to hear about my experiences with flying thus far and were all very encouraging. It was the first time that I had ever been able to sit down at a table of all female pilots so it was a really great experience for me. Attending the conference was very inspiring and made me even more excited about my future career as a professional pilot.