Women in STEM

#MySTEMjourney – BSc (Hons) Advanced Dental Nursing

Raising aspirations for women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

I came to the University of Portsmouth from Ghana to study a BSc in Advanced Dental Nursing. When I was a little girl, I knew that I wanted to be in a profession where I could care for people and put smiles on their faces. After reading about dental nursing, I saw it as a great opportunity to realise and harness my dream. One of the many great things about dental nursing is that I get to experience hands on training whilst studying and I also get the opportunity to provide care for the local community as a part of the dental team. 

I have heard about the women in STEM campaign and think that it’s great. Absolutely nothing should prevent women from going into STEM careers and courses if they want to. I think that from the first stages of education girls should be encouraged, supported, and urged to pursue careers in STEM just as it is for boys. 

“If you educate a man, you educate an individual but when you educate a woman, you educate a whole nation.”

Dr James Emman Kwegyir Aggrey

If there was one message that I could send to all the young girls in Ghana it would be that you can be whatever you dream of being; once you think of becoming, you can become. Pursue your dreams, go for that career, take that course, and together we will make it happen, making the world a better place. There’s a famous quote by Dr James Emman Kwegyir Aggrey that has always stuck with me – “if you educate a man, you educate an individual but when you educate a woman, you educate a whole nation”. This is why women in STEM is so important to me.

Cynthia Bleboo, Ghana