I am currently a freshman Computer Engineering major at Villanova University in Pennsylvania. My plan is to continue my major in Computer Engineering, accompanied with minors in Computer Science and a language. I have been involved in computing for the past two years. I started my first internship at First Round Capital, a venture capital company focused on investments in technology-based startups. After earning exposure in software through the guidance of software-engineers-turned-entrepreneurs, I took a deeper interest in computing. For the past two summers, I have interned for the Office of Naval Research at the Naval Surface Warfare Center-Carderock Division in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Working on programming projects and naval research and development led to a growing interest in computer engineering, cybersecurity, and naval research that I would like to continue pursuing.
Aside from interning, the computing experience I earned has been offered to me through hackathons, local colleges, and online sources. I started the first public chapter of the national organization Girls Who Code and helped start additional chapters in my hometown of Newark, New Jersey. I co-founded the NCWIT AspireIT program, Culture Tech Cadets, an addition to the growing opportunities for Newark’s students interested in STEM. My interest in computing and engineering has grown with every step I have taken toward pursuing my interests and leading others to the same path.
STEM has always been a huge interest of mine, and I continually encourage others to fall in love with these fields.