Q&A with Maichee Yang

Name: Maichee Yang

Year: Sophomore

Major: Computer Engineering

Why did you pick the University of Minnesota?

I picked it because it was close to St. Paul, where I’m from. I also heard the University has a great research program for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). 

What do you like about your major?

Computer engineering is great because I get to do both electrical engineering and computer science. I also like that we aren’t just constantly coding. We get to do hands-on activities as well. 

Are you involved in extracurricular activities?

Yes. I’m a part of Plumb Bob, which is a STEM leadership group. I like it because everyone in the group is very chill and respectful of opinions. The group also doesn’t require too much work, so I can balance school with it.

I’m on the CSE Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) team. The people in charge of the DEI team want to hear the student perspectives so they can improve the University in a way that it benefits students. 

I’m also involved in two mentorship programs. Rooted in STEM is an outreach program for highschoolers. I’m a mentor to two students, and I give advice about college and answer any questions they have. I have a mentor in the WISE-Medtronic Mentor Program. That’s where CSE students are paired with professional engineers at Medtronic for one-to-one mentoring throughout the academic year. My mentor gives me advice about college and what happens after college, including the hiring process. She helps me get connected to people that already have the job that I want. 

What have you learned from being a part of mentorship programs?

Rooted in STEM made me realize how important mentorship is. I come from a very STEM-based high school so I never realized that other high school students never thought of STEM as an option. My Medtronic mentor taught me how important networking is. It is important to have the right mentor or it will be hard to get anything out of the program. 

What do you like about the U?

You can meet a lot of people! Each semester, I’ve met new people. I also like that we can walk a lot. It might be bad in the winter—but in the summer, it’s so nice.

What are you looking forward to next year?
I’m looking forward to returning to the same projects that I did this year. I really enjoyed being a part of them. I’m also looking forward to getting internships.