On Wednesday, February 15th, WICS held its quarterly study session. About 25 members joined us in studying. People were more than happy to help each other, whether it was with studying for midterms or working on homework. In addition to doing schoolwork, everyone had fun talking about life and getting to know each other. As usual, various kinds of pizzas and drinks were provided (bonus: cheesy bread)! Food and study/homework buddies make studying for midterms or doing difficult homework a lot less painful. :)))) Come join us next time!
On Wednesday February 8th, WICS teamed up with ICS Student Council to host an inspiring information session with Twilio! We had a great turnout of 58 participants ready and excited to learn. Twilio demonstrated their awesome API and sent out text notifications to our audience. We learned through the Q&A time that Twilio is an engaging and welcoming company where their interns can work on real projects. Twilio will be back on campus in October 2017 to recruit for summer 2018 internships. As a closing statement our Twilio representatives encourage us to “Be open to learn. In a small company like Twillio, you’ll make a big impact.” So keep an eye out for when applications open up again and apply!
This past Wednesday February 1, WICS hosted an entertaining Crime and Mystery themed game night. WICS members had a fun bonding time with each other as they played “Murder in the Dark” and mafia. Around 30 WICS members attended this game night, which made playing these group games even that more fun! As we are approaching the middle of the quarter, this game night was a relaxing and entertaining way for WICS members to take a break from studying and have some laughs!
On the wonderful and chilly Wednesday of January 18, 2017, 60 students gathered together to learn about the joys and wonders of interview! WICS offered invaluable experience and tips for acing any interview. For Freshmen and Sophomores, student speakers spoke about their experiences in and how to land an amazing internship with companies that specifically target underclassmen. We also offered guidance for upperclassmen on how to prepare for their interviews, whether it be PM or Software Engineer! Students gained awesome skills that will help them in their next interview, or at least during WICS’s Mock Technical Interviews next week. We would like to thank everyone for coming enjoyed the advice/pizza! Go forth and interview!
Wednesday, January 11th, was the first kick-off WICS general meeting of Winter 2017! 50 wonderful faces, both familiar and new, came to the first meeting with renewed resolution for a wonderful start to the quarter. Our awesome speakers introduced WICS, the wonderful board members, and exciting WICS-hosted events for this quarter. Our friends has a lot to look forward to! We then made some new friends with a fun ice breaker, the Human Knot. Finally, we concluded our meeting decked in swag after a lively raffle competition. Students had a great time getting to know WICS and left learning about future opportunities for professional and social connections from these WICS-hosted events. Mark down the dates to your calendar! This is going to be a great quarter.
On November 18th WICS had a scavenger hunt for everyone in the mentorship program. Mentors and their mentees had an hour to find and take a picture of all the items on the list. The top three mentor mentee duo were given swag bags. It was a fun event for mentors and mentees to bond and to see how much they knew the campus.
This week, on November 9th, WICS hosted a “What I Learned at My Summer Internship Panel”. At the meeting, members asked any questions they may have about summer internships, and we had our wonderful panel answer the questions. On the panel, we had five undergraduate students who talked about their experiences at Northrop Grumman, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and Intuit. As for our Ph.D. representative, he talked about his experiences at Google during the summer and his experience throughout his college years. WICS attendees learned about the whole process, from resumes to interviewing to all the perks and benefits as interns at these companies. Of course, pizza was provided, so everyone was well fed, happy, and left, inspired by the panelists.
WICS teamed up with the Video Game Development Club (VGDC) and Management Information Student Society (MAISS), on November 2nd to hold a useful and interactive info session called How to Market Yourself to Employers + Talking Yourself Up. ProSky, an Irvine-based company that provides a platform for job recruiting and job training, hosted the event. ProSky’s founder, Crystal Huang, gave a helpful presentation to over 60 attendees about how to approach marketing one’s self to employers through elevator pitches, searching for a job or internship, and participating in interviews with a company. Crystal, alongside Alexis and Julie, ProSky’s Director of HR and Head of University Relations, also facilitated an interactive activity where attendees were able to get on their feet and practice pitching themselves to others. Towards the end of the event, several volunteers were able to market themselves in 30 seconds to the entire room, followed by personal feedback from Crystal. After the event, all attendees were able to leave with stomachs full of pizza and a better idea of how to present themselves professionally. WICS is proud to be able to put on such valuable and resourceful events to their members alongside other ICS clubs and great companies like ProSky.
On November 1st, 2016, WICS collaborated with the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and ICS Student Council (ICSSC) to put on a Facebook diversity panel. There were around 30 attendees at this event, less than what was expected. Facebook brought current employees (entry-level to many years of experience) and also a current intern to answer questions about life at Facebook, as well as the importance of diversity at Facebook and in the tech industry. Some of the questions asked in the panel were already pre-submitted, but students were encouraged to jump in with their own follow-up questions. There was also a LOT of pizza at the event, so no one went home hungry.
On October 26th, we hosted a study session since it is currently midterm season. More than 30 of our members gathered to study for midterms and do homework together. It was a fun environment to encourage each other through the busiest time of the quarter. Free pizza was provided instead of the usual snacks we have for study sessions, so it made it an even better time!