13 Stephanie Miller

Major: Chemical Engineering
School: University of Dayton

I got involved in SASE at the end of my sophomore year at college. My mentor Marina was the one who got me involved in SASE. She is such an amazing mentor and friend and she has helped me since I was a baby freshman trying to figure out how to do the whole college thing. She helped me with classes and choosing professors, and would always check up on me to make sure I was doing okay in all aspects of my life. She was such an amazing leader and mentor that I wanted to follow in her footsteps. She told me about how she was President of SASE, and I decided to go to a meeting. I wasn't sure if I would fit in since I have never really embraced my Asian heritage. After attending the meeting I found the club to be diverse, friendly, and fun, and I realized I wanted to be part of it. I decided to run for VP my junior year, and Marina convinced me to go to conference even though I was terrified and incredibly intimidated. She really wanted to share the experience of conference with me, and she finally was able to help me overcome my fears and get me to go to conference. I'm so glad she did, because I had an amazing time at conference, and I think it helped me to grow as a person. I stepped out of my comfort zone, and it payed off. During my fourth year of school, Marina again convinced me to leave my comfort zone, and run for Co-president with another SASE member. Now here I am, a shy awkward girl, who is a Co-president of her school's SASE chapter and looking forward to conference this year. Sometimes one person in your life can make all the difference. Shout-out to Marina for getting me into SASE. LOVE YOU MAMA OL!

What empowers you, and how do you empower others?

People and their kindness and support empower me, and I try to empower others through kindness and support as well. I try to be strong for others so that they can be strong themselves.