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The Oppenheimer-Stein Marine Corps Scholarship at Harvard University


Ms. Sarah Schachman is one of our Scholarship Recipients and she writes:


“Dear LtCol Hales,


I’m finally back relaxing with my family in Montana after an incredible sophomore year!


Far right: Sarah Schachman


This winter break, I was very busy getting ready for WECode (Women Engineers Code), which is a conference put on by Harvard’s Women in Computer Science (WiCS)! It was our first year putting on the conference so we had a lot of logistics to work out, but in the end it was a success! I served as the VP Entertainment and Theme on the WECode Committee, which means I was in charge of all publicity design (t-shirts, posters, flyers, banners, the program), catering (breakfast lunch and dinner for the entire two days), music, and the


organization of the mentorship lunch (where I paired successful women in tech fields with conference attendees). It was an insane amount of work but I was so happy to see it all come together. Here is a photo of me (in the shirts I designed!) with JN, the Conference Chair, and Irene, who was in charge of the Recruitment Bootcamp.


I really can’t believe how quickly this year went by! I have grown some incredible friendships and explored a lot of new subjects. I’m super excited for this summer though—I’ll be leaving June 14th for Cape Town, South Africa! I’ll be spending two months there with the iExperience program. The program consists of one month of intense coding practice (web and app dev), and one month working at an internship with a local startup. On the weekends, we’ll get to go on excursions to hike Table Mountain, go on a safari, and even shark cage diving! I have never been to this part of the world before and I cannot wait! Hopefully it will be an amazing learning experience.


I hope your summer is going well so far, and that you are enjoying the warmer weather!”


Best, Sarah Schachman


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