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?
Ooo as someone who's has taken classes on constitutional law this is a tough question to answer because there are so many failed amendments. But in 1838 after one member of the House of Representatives (Jonathan Cilley of Maine) was killed in a duel by another member of the House of Representatives (William Graves of Kentucky), Congress decided to introduce a constitutional amendment to outlaw dueling or at least prevent someone who has fought in a duel from holding elected office. The amendment was never ratified but some States decided to pass their own legislation regarding dueling and Pennsylvania was one of them. So in Pennsylvania, you cannot run for governor if you've previously fought in a duel.