Street: We heard you’ve interned at Urban Outfitters for the past couple years. What was that like?
Chloe Le Comte: I was working in their Global Transportation and Working Logistics Department, trying to optimize shipments of Anthropologie’s new furniture line into the United States. There were dogs in the office, and I could wear whatever I wanted to work! It was a cool environment that was fashionable and let me use the skills that I learned in school.
Street: Who is your style icon and why?
CLC: I have a giant picture of Audrey Hepburn above my bed, and I was her for Halloween last year. I think she’s so poised, and her outfits were always so polished and clean. I also really like Olivia Palermo.
Street: Describe your style in three words.
CLC: Polished, colorful, and unique. I love finding unique shoes, even if I only wear them once. They’re like a piece of artwork. I went to an Urban sample sale in May, and I bought this pair of crazy shoes, like iridescent space cadet shoes! I’ve never seen them on the website before, and I don’t know if they’ve ever been on it.
Street: Tell us about what it’s like to be in an engineering fraternity. Do you play flip cup with drones?
CLC: No, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that happened at some point! Theta Tau is a family of nerdy engineers, but we also like to have a good time so the group is very social.
Street: What do you do in Theta Tau beyond your presidential roles?
CLC: I love to dance, and I’m always trying to get the dance party started. So whenever we get new members, especially if they’re a little shy at first, my goal for the end of the semester is to get them on the dancefloor. And it’s fun to see what engineers come up with as dance moves.
Street: How is being a woman in engineering at Penn?
CLC: Penn does a great job of making women in engineering feel welcome. We have AWE (Advanced Women in Engineering), SWE (Society of Women Engineers), and I think this past class has 40% women engineers. I’ve definitely had classes before where I’m one of fifteen girls, and the class is 90 people. That can be a little intimidating, the but thing is you remind yourself that you’re just as smart and there’s no reason gender defines that. So I’m like “Whatever, there are a lot of guys here but I’m just gonna do me!”
Street: What was the first engineering project you ever did?
CLC: When I was four years old, I developed this affinity for nail polish...I’ve accumulated so much, like 140 bottles. When I was sixteen I thought, “I need to build a nail polish holder to fit all of my different nail polish brands.” So I came up with a wooden grid structure design...It was fun using a bunch of machines in my garage. The only bad part was when my Dad and I spent three hours in Home Depot.
Street: There are so many acronyms on your resume (AWE, OT, EDAB, ESE, CB etc). How do you keep track of all the letters?
CLC: When I write out my schedule I literally write down the clubs that I’m in because sometimes I forget. I’m like “I know I have a meeting today. What is it?”
Street: What’s currently on your Spotify?
CLC: I have this playlist called ‘Yeah but No’ and it’s filled with rap music. It’s like 100 songs of rap music and sometimes I just get in the mood where I like to rap. I’ll be on the treadmill and I’ll be singing my Kanye or my Kendrick. I feel like people think I’m into Taylor Swift or something and I’m like, uh uh, put on some Kendrick right now.
Street: What would your super power be if you had one?
CLC: It’d be really great to have the power to extreme fast walk because having to go from my apartment to Engineering everyday’s a struggle. Or could someone build a zipline from my apartment to Engineering? That’d be ideal.
Street: There are two types of people at Penn...
CLC: Those who dance and those who don’t. I cannot stand it when people tell me they don’t know how to dance. You do know how to dance, you’re just afraid. Don’t be afraid! When Ariana Grande comes on, GDFR. It’s going down for real.