How many years have you been in tech?
Tell me about your background. What were your early years like?
I took a computer science class in high school and have studied Computer Science at Wash U for the past 4 years.
How were you exposed to tech?
AP Computer Science
What is your current role?
I’m a Senior at Wash U with a full time job offer at Amazon in San Francisco.
“She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” Tell us about a time that this applied to you.
I faced a lot of sexism in my AP Computer Science class in high school. Most of the guys in the class didn’t want to work with me, and my teacher would point out to the class quite often that I was the only girl. Even though I really enjoyed the class and did very well, my experience in this class made me hesitant to pursue majoring in Computer Science in college. When I got to Wash U, I met other Computer Science majors like me on my volleyball team and in my classes, and decided to switch my major from Biomedical Engineering to Computer Science during my second semester freshman year, and it’s been a decision I am so thankful for.
What are you learning right now?
Elevating my guitar playing skills.
Describe a time where you solved a problem in a creative way. For example, did something in your personal life trigger a solution to a problem at work?
When I was a co-captain of my volleyball team during my senior year of high school, I decided to develop a program to help my team with one of our traditions called Secret Buddies. Before every game, everybody on the team would be randomly assigned to get a small gift for someone else on the team like Secret Santa. The way we did the pairing on our team was one of the team captains would write down everybody’s name on a piece of paper, and then we’d go around and pick names out of a hat. I had just taken AP Computer Science and saw an opportunity to improve the process, so I developed a program that would randomly assign pairs with a random number generator and used it with my team. My teammates laughed at my nerdiness and how excited I was about my little program, but this experience made me realize how fulfilling and fun Computer Science can be and motivated me to dive deeper into it.
What advice do you wish someone had given to you? What advice would you give to others starting out?
If you are lucky enough to find something that you love, don’t ever think that you’re not good enough to go after it!
What are your hobbies?
I played on the Varsity Volleyball team and am in AOII at Wash U and I play the guitar
What do you like about St. Louis? The midwest? Why do you live here?
I love going on bike rides and runs in Forest Park and exploring new restaurants and bars around the city!