Weekend Wisdom

Caroline Battey ’08

9
“Don’t be afraid to consider male-dominated careers.”
“I start every day at 6:45 a.m. in a meeting with 15 male coworkers and foremen. When others learn this, they ask me questions about being the only woman in the room. I feel respected and treated equally, and my confidence to perform is not impacted by working in a male-dominated environment. I know my time at Kent Place is a big contributor to this.
 
“My mom tells the story of why she considered an all-girls environment for me. One day I came home from school and learned that I wasn’t selected for the advanced math class (I loved math). My response to her was a shrug, as I was more concerned about a particular boy. As time went on, she noticed that I started to lose interest in math. This changed at Kent Place, where I was surrounded by driven girls and supportive teachers and staff. Learning in this environment during the roller coaster of puberty allowed me to build a foundation of intellectual confidence without being distracted by whether a boy had a crush on me. I carried this confidence with me to college, earning a civil engineering degree, and then to the construction industry.
 
“At the same time, I also wish there were more women in the room with me. In 2016, women made up 9% of the construction industry. It’s exciting to see the focus and attention on STEM that Kent Place has incorporated into their curriculum and newly expanded facilities. Introducing girls to these fields at an early age will help increase the statistic, and I look forward to seeing future KPS alumnae in hard hats!”
 

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Kent Place School is an all-girls K through 12 independent college preparatory day school with a coeducational Preschool, located in Summit, NJ.