Virginia McKay is our team’s Lead Non-Technical Mentor, overlooking business, scouting, outreach and safety. Outside of robotics she does Sales Distribution for Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company. She officially became a mentor during our Stronghold season (2015-2016), but started helping out during our Recycle Rush season (2014-2015). Virginia attended Bucks County Community College and Stony Brook University, and graduated Stony Brook University in 2006 with a B.S. in Political Science and History. She has inspired many members on the team to try their best and achieve their dreams.
What is your goal do or what do you hope to achieve with students?
When their time on Team 5401 is finished, I hope the students are better prepared to conquer challenges, solve problems, work well in a team environment, take on leadership roles and think outside the box. I also hope that my students on the Non-Technical Team will have learned to think like entrepreneurs– to think big, to be passionate about something, to always stay focused on their goals, to keep the hustle turned up to 11, to know that money shows up when they do, to always learn from their mistakes, and to never be afraid to challenge the status quo.
What do you want your students you mentor to know/what life lessons do you want to teach?
I want them to know that with a little hard work, hustle, and determination, anything is possible. And the hustle is key. As Jon Acuff says, “Hustle isn’t just doing the things you love all the time. Hustle is doing the things you don’t enjoy sometimes to earn the right to do the things you love.
What is your favorite failed constitutional amendment?
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