On a fateful evening on the 1st of June in 1994 the fabric of time and space itself cracked, thus creating the largest gravitational wave in history. On that fateful evening, Ashley Warner was born. (this totally is not written by her what are you talking about)
authored by Ashley Warner
- So Ashley, how would you describe yourself?
- a basic white girl with some major plot twists.
- No but really, what's your story?
- I was raised in a smallish town in the Inland Empire of Southern California, the kind of town that finally puts in a movie theatre after you move away (ugh.) I actually grew up participating in musical theatre oddly enough. And even though I made a superb Sharpay in High School Musical the Musical I have always been drawn to the stars and the science of this world since I was little. Even though in 2012 I declared my major as Theatre, I am currently a Computational Physics major at UC San Diego.
- How did you switch from Theatre to Physics?
- If I had a dime for every time I got that question I wouldn't be majoring in anything I'd be living in the Alps snowboarding until I died. In all seriousness after high school/beginning of college I was really lost as to what I wanted to do with my life, but theatre came natural to me, everyone expected it of me, so I went on and made it official. Even though math and science were my strongest and favorite subjects, I didn't think I was good enough to take on STEM for multiple reasons. I felt overshadowed at a prestigious university, as well as worried I wouldn't be taken seriously because of one, my gender paired with my ethnicity (basic white girl, amirite?) and two, my very much overpowering persona. It took two years of being a little lost and then finding myself to realize that I am good enough, always have been and always will be. I've never looked back since.
- Why does Physics Girl even need an intern?
- Hehe, oh bro. You don't even know. I help manage emails, like when you guys send in physics questions I help answer those! I also help pick out social media content, including creating digital art myself through photoshop. I help brainstorm physics video ideas, and generally help out wherever I'm needed. I basically keep Dianna from going ballistically crazy from how much goes into managing and running a youtube channel. Youtube is such a unique thing to work in and there is always something to do, to organize, and to learn, I'm so excited to see where this leads.
- What made you want to work for Physics Girl?
- This is hilarious. I'm one of those people that believes everything happens for a reason, and landing this internship is a prime example. An old physics TA of mine emailed me informing me that a friend of his was looking for some help with her youtube channel. The interview with Dianna confirmed everything that I hoped for. A job related to physics that is creative, allows me to use my photoshop skills, and just plain FUN. It feels like the planets aligned just for me.
- What else do you like to do for fun?
- I love hockey, I LOVE snowboarding, and couldn't live without photoshop. You ready for some photos? Well too bad I'm showing you anyways.
- How do you handle finals?
What do you hope to achieve working for PhysicsGirl?
The fact that Dianna is a woman in not only STEM, but physics and is working so hard on this channel is inspiring. Women face a lot of adversity in the STEM field and what is so unfortunate is that the people in the positions to change gender misconceptions in STEM are most often those perpetuating said misconceptions. I'm still afraid that I'll be working in a prestigious lab one day and a lead will think I'm his new assistant. But this job allows me to be part of the solution. I have no qualms in calling people out when prejudice rears its ugly head, and I'm so excited for the doors PhysicsGirl will open for me.
Speak up, demand to be heard, and stop apologizing for existing.