“I think you need a good balance of social life and academics or work,” muses Toni Carlisle. “You need outlets for energy, ways to take a break, meet people or give back to the community.”
Toni pursued a number of activities during her time at Waterloo – the Women in Engineering Committee (WIE), the Varsity Nordic Ski Team and intramural soccer. Toni learned of soccer through friends and joined varsity sports and WIE during orientation week. She credits each activity with helping her to “develop skills like leadership, organization, planning and stress management.”
Her broad influences and experiences also helped Toni meet new people and have a successful undergrad experience. “Academic marks were only part of my definition of success,” Toni explains. “I had other goals – which I achieved – and I think they really helped my overall Waterloo experience.”
Toni encourages other women to find their own definitions of success. “As a minority in engineering, there’s a tendency for you to want prove you should be there as much as everyone else. But I believe it’s important to set your own goals.”
After graduating with Waterloo’s first mechatronics engineering class, Toni moved to Texas to work as an Instrumentation and Controls Engineer with ExxonMobil.