Alex's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Code Trip

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    San Francisco, CA

ALEX CATTRON

Technical Product Manager
CODE2040

“I’m still trying to fight to make sure I’m able to showcase all of what I can do.”

INTERESTS:

Design Technology

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Exploration Opportunity Passion Societal Pressures Family Support & Encouragement Education Focus Community Doubt Perseverance Struggle

FOUNDATION:

Learning and Being Challenged

TAGS:

asking for help, chemical engineering, combining interests, computer science, confidence, design, different direction, doubt, exposure, first generation, growth, interest, mentors, motivation, noise, paths, perception, pressure, role models, technology

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Was a first-generation college student who was interested in math and science, but also loved art.
  • As she went off to college, her goal was to try to find a way to combine all of these interests.
  • Went to Stanford University, which has a flexible major program that let her try a few different things before she had to decide.
  • She’d never coded before college, but as she explored computer science classes, she realized it was the perfect medium for her to combine those interests.
  • Decided to concentrate on human-computer interaction, which let her bring her interests in art and design into the mix.
  • Her parents didn’t really know how to help her through college, but they always believed that she would successful and were supportive of her choices.
  • One resource she relied on instead was the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE); she found mentors and friends who were going through similar experiences.
  • Says that the problem-solving skills that you learn as a computer science major are invaluable, no matter what career path you ultimately choose to go down.

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