What's the Best Advice You've Ever Received?

With Camille Eddy

Introduce yourself! Who are you?
My name is Camille Eddy, I am a Mechanical Engineering student and veteran Silicon Valley intern. And I was raised in Boise, Idaho.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Always be ready so you don’t have to get ready. I used that as my platform for a while and then I put my own spin on it. Now my advice to others is, “Say YES to every new opportunity!” It fits because if you stay ready you can say YES to new things and explore ideas and places you might not have before. 

What message do you think every woman should hear?
Be a champion of other women! You can’t do that unless you like being around other women, you are mentored by other women and you also turn around and invest in other women. We can have each other’s back in the fiercest of ways because we personally resonate with each other’s SIMILAR struggles. 

What motivates you most?
It’s funny how my goals have changed as I get older. I used to be motivated by experiences I wanted and hadn’t reached yet. But today I find myself reaching for legacy and healthy relationships. I am motivated by my amazing friends who keep me on my toes. I’m also motivated by my strong values in inclusion, good tech policy, and representation, that I will be bringing to my future workplace by completing my degree and moving on.

What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
I take 20 minutes or so to meditate each day. I have a new saying when it comes to completing all my tasks, “I need to make headspace for this goal.” I also repeat an affirmation for myself that I have tailored just for being a student. I reaffirm to myself that I am a great student and that I am here doing my best and living my best life. 

What is something on your bucket list?
I would like to visit some blue caves. That’s just been something I have always wanted to do. 

What are your biggest passions?
I like helping people gain leadership from within. Whether that is helping someone learn how to take charge of a student club or how to manage their social media. I have always felt like I was in a place to teach others what I am learning and how I succeeded in previous roles. I’m also sounding the alarm for people to realize just how VAST leadership roles are today. And it’s growing. The traditional leadership roles no longer guarantee success or a long career, it’s time to break all the molds!

More About Camille

Camille Eddy is a student in Mechanical Engineering. She began working on advanced robotics at HP Labs in Palo Alto and the continued to intern at X, formerly Google X and also NVIDIA. She is currently speaking on inclusion in the tech community with various national audiences and writes regularly on the topic.

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