Lyndsea Warkenthien

Stanford University | Computer Science

Navy | Intelligence Specialist

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About Lyndsea:

I am originally from Huron, South Dakota. I know, now you have met someone from South Dakota. I enlisted in the United States Navy after graduating from high school in 2009. I am currently an undergraduate student at Stanford University, majoring in Computer Science. I am enthusiastic about supporting education in technology for women and girls and well as breaking down barriers associated with STEM. I am not a natural at math, but I believe it’s worth all the pain. Additionally, I am an officer in Stanford’s Undergraduate Veterans Association, where we are attempting to build on our small, but mighty, community of veteran undergraduates.

I served in the United States Navy for ten years. No one ever told me I could apply the skills and discipline I learned in the Navy in my pursuit of higher education. No one told me that I could or that I should apply to elite universities. I believe that is a tragedy. There are many high achieving veterans waiting to pursue their dreams; all they need is the road map to help them along the path. I am committed to helping others reach their goals through education.


Lyndsea’s Posts:


Quitting What You’re Good At

I quit what I was good at. I try to write my articles as if I am talking to you, to us. I am writing to current military members or former military members who have found this website and are thinking of their choices concerning higher education. I want you to feel like you can …

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Opinion: How to Have Constructive Conversations

I would like to start this post off with a caveat. Our views and opinions are formulated by our life experiences. Therefore, I would like to note that the following opinions regarding navigating hard topics are based solely on my own experience. Difficult conversations are exactly that: difficult. If they were easy, I doubt we …

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Opinion Piece: The Motivation Myth

I am not going to write about an original idea or new theory in this post. Maybe though, I can tell you an idea in a way that you can relate to my story, and use this information for yourself. In the interest of saving time, as I know we are all busy, I’ll provide …

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