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Episode Info: Were you ever asked the question, “what do you want to be when you grow up”? Today's episode will remind you of who your teenage-self used to be. If you feel lost, stuck, or unsure of what to include on your bucket list, which goals to chase and what dreams to pursue, listen to Karina's story. Karina Popovich is determined to have her name listed alongside other STEM giants such as Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, and Elon Musk. At 14 she founded the company, Connect with Tech, to give students of underrepresented backgrounds the opportunity to deep-dive into the world of technology through coding workshops, speaker sessions, and tech programs. In a few weeks, she'll graduate from the prestigious Brooklyn Technical High School in New York City before heading to Cornell University to pursue a degree in Business and Engineering.  We discuss:  Why she unapologetically calls herself an engineer  How life as a first-generation immigrant influenced her work ethic Confidence as a young woman in a male-dominated field of STEM  Apprenticeship with Girls Who Code  Ways her parents' support and encouragement has influenced her Stay connected to Karina:  Connect with Karina on LinkedIn  Follow Karina on Instagram  ------------ **Join the YOU WANNA DO WHAT?! Facebook Community  (www.facebook.com/groups/youwannadowhat) Join a FREE community and feel supported as you invest in yourself in these very real and sometimes challenging ways.    -------- Check out this week's Wordspiration (#wordspiration) and be sure to give them a follow, and tell them @youwannadowhat sent ya! ------- **Love the show? Leave a review! Visit the YOU WANNA DO WHAT?! online: www.youwannadowhat.com Let's Connect! Have a question? Want to recommend a topic or guest? Email me: monica@youwannadowhat.com Follow me on Instagram and Facebook NEW: www.twitter.com/youwannadowhat1 Subscribe to YOU WANNA DO WHAT??! on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or your favorite podcast app.
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