genYOU Story 29 – Nely

Our awesome 29th genYOU Story comes from Biomedical Engineering student and President of the Women in Engineering Society – Nely Psico! Find out more about Nely including her love for volunteering and her advice for you on taking time to ‘reflect’.

Name: Nely Psico
Current Role: Final year Biomedical Engineering Student at the University of Sydney and President of the Women in Engineering Society.

Could you tell us a bit about yourself and where you are headed in your career right now?

I am a penultimate year Biomedical Engineering student, majoring in Mechanics at the University of Sydney. Originally from Mozambique, I arrived in Sydney 3 years ago to pursue my studies. It has been an adventure of a lifetime and I cannot believe how fast time flies!

I am 21-years-old, in my free time I love to read, play sports and travel (anything that keeps me busy really)! Currently, I work as a casual employee at my University with the Outreach team as a student leader and am the President of the Women in Engineering Society.

In my free time I love to volunteer, it’s a way for me to meet new people, gain experience and I believe that it’s an opportunity to discover new passions! A speaker at genYOU Live Sydney 2018 told us something that stuck to me: “try something once and if you don’t like it you don’t have to do it again!”

How has or how is generationYOU helping you achieve your goals?

My first interaction with generationYOU was as a point of contact for the Women in Engineering Society when I was acting Treasurer. I attended the genYOU Live event in Sydney in 2018, as a society representative, and once the event finished I wished we could have taken more students from my society/university to witness what I had.

Inspired is an understatement, genYOU continues to help me achieve my goals because I am always reminded that I am not alone in the transition from university to the workforce. Above all (I know this is cheesy but it’s true) it has taught me that with the right tools, anything is possible.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

I believe that you can be inspired by more than on person if they have strengths we admire. That being said, one person I’m consistently inspired by is my Mum – she is my life mentor. I admire her resilience and how she overcomes the challenges life throws her way, while maintaining a positive attitude.

What is the one piece of advice you would love to share with your millennial peers as you reflect on your own journey?

As I reflect on my own journey, my piece of advice is: take on step at a time, believe in yourself and with every achievement or failure – give yourself time to REFLECT. I think it’s very easy to get caught up in life and things can get super overwhelming, it’s important to take a moment to re-asses, re-evaluate and reflect (don’t forget, believe in yourself)!!