Student Volunteer Interview - Sami Glass, Assistant Website Manager
Maintaining the OCWiC website is a big job. There are many contributors and the content changes frequently. The OCWiC planning committee depends on Sami Glass to keep everything running smoothly. I interviewed Sami to find out more about her, and how got involved with OCWiC as a student volunteer.
BB: First of all, who are you?
SG: I am a senior Computer Science major at Kent State University.
BB: How did you hear about OCWiC?
SG: I've only attended one so far, and that was in 2015. In my Computer Science I class, my professor had asked me if I wanted to attend OCWiC. At the time, I was really feeling down about what I wanted to do in my life, I wasn't sure if I could succeed in computer science. An event like this really helped me not feel so alone or unsure of myself. It was a chance to see other women have similar feelings and still go on to be wildly successful.
BB: What was your favorite part of the conference?
SG: There are many parts I loved about the event, but one of my favorite parts was when we got to play with the LEGO mindstorm robots in Dr. Jumadinova's workshop.
BB: But you also presented a poster at OCWiC 2015. How did that happen?
SG: I presented about Hackathons and how they are a benefit to students. At that time, I was a freshmen in the Computer Science program and I didn't have much research or experience under my belt. My professor, Dr. Guercio invited me to this event and guided me through creating a poster for the conference.
BB: Do you have any advice for students who are presenting posters this year?
SG: Getting guidance for your research or poster idea was definitely beneficial. My advice for anyone presenting is don't be nervous, because the people attending this event is here to celebrate your hard work. They will be very supportive and interested in what you're presenting. Remember, you are among friends.
BB: What have you been doing as the OCWiC Assistant Website Manager?
SG: For several months I've been assisting Dr. Guercio in maintaining and working on the website. I did the initial editing, making color changes, creating a banner with the new logo, and modifying the website layout, and design to suit our needs, while adding or editing things as requested. Dr. Guercio gave me a great opportunity to get some experience with Content Management Systems, using Drupal.
BB: Would you recommend being a student volunteer?
SG: Having this kind of experience is awesome, because lots of organizations use CMS's for their website needs. It was definitely a learning experience for me.