My road in life has been direct.
Always knew that she liked both math and art, but she felt that there was a tension between the two, and she had to limit herself to one field.
However, when she was in high school, she discovered computer science, which would let her exercise both her creative and mathematical brain power.
She knew she could use computer science as a tool to help her achieve all of her other goals, so she chose it as her major.
In college, she was in classes with people who had grown up taking apart computers and taking computer science classes, so she felt like she was “late to the party.”
Says that one of the biggest reasons for a lack of gender diversity within computer science is because women are dissuaded from breaking the barrier and taking that first class.
However, she’s found that once women take their first computer science class, they—like Alice—will often get over the initial intimidation and find that they love the field.
Says that computer science has a reputation as being a lonely field, when fundamentally, the goal of most computer science work is collaborating with others to solve problems.
Her favorite part about coding is that there’s never really a right or wrong answer; if your code doesn’t work, that just means that you’re not done with it yet.
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