It’s not where she expected to end up when she first arrived at UC Merced. Engineering had been her back-up plan, in case she didn’t achieve her main goal — playing in the WNBA.
Anderson did, however, see one basketball dream come true — founding a women’s team at UC Merced that would thrive beyond her time at the school.
一道本不卡免费高清“Putting together that team was so hard. I thought, ‘Oh, my goodness! Who is going to continue to do all this hard work?’ “ she said. “And, now, 10 years later, they’ve won three championships! It’s just amazing.”
"It’s so important for students to know ... there is still so much out there for them to invent, create and bring to the world."
During her time in Merced, Anderson also founded the campus’ Science and Engineering Association.
一道本不卡免费高清Going to UC Merced, she said, “taught me so much about how your hard work will pay off. The hard work I put into school, I didn’t see immediately. But, 10 years later, I’m amazed. I think this worked out a lot better than I imagined.”
一道本不卡免费高清Just as early Bobcats had to build things from the ground up, Anderson said current students are still able to have a hands-on role in shaping UC Merced.
一道本不卡免费高清“The school is growing so much. People are hearing about it and people know where the school is and what it’s doing. People are excited about it,” she said.
The Fall 2019 class has a lot to look forward to as they go into the world as UC Merced graduates, she said.
“They’re still pioneers and they should still carry on that attitude and that mindset. If there’s anything I’ve learned from working, especially at SpaceX, it’s that innovation never dies,” she said. “Just continue to be innovative and continue to have that pioneering attitude. It’s so important for students to know that, even with all the technology we have today, there is still so much out there for them to invent, create and bring to the world.”