I am a third year computer science undergraduate at Cypress College. At this institution, I engage in the Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) program with the intention of acquiring networking skills and exploring available educational opportunities.
My incentive for delving into a major where women only make up 18% of the U.S. Computer Science graduating classes (acm.org), is to assure other underrepresented groups (including women) that there is a place for them in the STEM community.
Built Custom PC (October 2015): After saving a bit of money from birthdays, holidays and high school graduation, I assembled my first desktop PC during the summer of 2015. At this time I had two incentives. The first was to produce a machine with the ability to support games and programs who heavily demanded certain necessary specifications. The second was to produce something related to my major for me to call my own. With minimal help from an IT Technician family friend, it was successfully built in a span of one week. The total cost accumulated to 1300 USD solely for the PC components including the case.
UCSD STARS Program (June - August 2017): During the summer of 2017, I was selected by UC San Diego to engage in their Summer Training Academy for Research Success (STARS) program. I collaborated with PhD student Vineet Pandey as well as the inspiring Cognitive Science and Computer Science & Engineering University of California San Diego professor Scott Klemmer. For the duration of eight weeks, I became an asset to the ‘Gut Instinct: Creating Scientific Theories with Online Learners’ development team led by Vineet Pandey in UCSD’s Design Lab.