Alisa Yakovenko ‘18 Steps Into Two Leadership Roles
Alisa Yakovenko ‘18 loves problem-solving, which drew her to study industrial engineering at Georgia Tech, minoring in public policy. This summer, she will apply what she learned in the classroom in one of the world’s largest technology companies as a supply chain intern at Microsoft working with hardware and devices.
“While my projects at Microsoft will mainly focus on tackling supply chain problems, I am looking forward to gaining industry exposure to the other areas of industrial engineering and building connections with people throughout the company,” said Alisa.
As an Archmere alumna, Alisa is uniquely prepared to take on challenges in college and beyond. Her mathematics classes inspired her to pursue a degree in applied mathematics. “My senior year math classes truly helped me understand the role of math in the real work,” said Alisa. “We weren’t just learning from a textbook and completing practice programs. We were collecting and interpreting our data, analyzing statistics and charts in news articles, and active learning through games and simulations.” The way these classes approached complex problems gave Alisa an advantage in her upper-level college math classes.
In addition to her virtual internship with Microsoft, Alisa will also serve on the executive planning committee for the 2022 Stamps Scholars National Convention as Threads Vice-Chair. The convention is centered around “deep exploration of specific real-world topics in the form of topic-centered Threads, related Stamps Service Challenge activities, outings in Atlanta, and wonderful keynote speakers.” Alisa credits her time on Mock Trial at Archmere as helping shape her into the leader she is today, which will serve her well in this endeavor.
“The skills needed to be an effective attorney or witness were not directly taught in any of my classes. As an underclassman, I had to take the initiative to seek out help from the more experienced team members and to take every opportunity to learn. As an upperclassman, I found myself shifting into a mentorship position and a leader in the club,” said Alisa. “Archmere teaches students never to shy away from a challenge. The teachers truly see potential in each of their students, and that genuine belief in their students goes a long way in helping them overcome obstacles and navigate through their high school experience.”