What is your favorite thing about technology and coding?
I love that technology is about defining and creating the future of the world we live in, and coding is such a powerful tool in the toolkit for doing that. As a software engineer and someone who works in the technology industry, I feel an incredible sense of agency in being an active part of bringing about the future, instead of passively letting it happen around me and merely reacting to it.
Why do you think more girls should be involved in tech?
This goes back to why technology is so exciting as an industry; I think more girls should be involved in defining and creating the future. Although from an outsider's perspective it can sometimes seem like there's one path forward in the inexorable march of technology, that's far from the truth. The humans working in the industry are an important, if messy, input into where it goes; we inevitably embed our perspectives, opinions, preferences, and biases into the technology we build. Let's not miss out on everything that girls can bring to tech!
What advice would you give to girls who are interested in pursuing computer science?
Sometimes the path will be rough, as is any, but remember the reason that you're there and that you're pushing through. Computer science is a wonderful and beautiful discipline: it's at once collaborative and creative as well as extremely logical and precise, and it enables you to do amazing things in the world, with all the power of software at your fingertips.
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