WICC was founded in March 2013 to bring together women in computing fields at Cornell, expand their opportunities and successes, provide a support network of women, and empower them to encourage younger women to consider computing fields. We hope to create a budding community for women and promote interaction on academic, social, and professional issues. By making women in computing fields visible, providing role models and dispelling stereotypes, WICC fosters a support network to empower women and encourage young girls to discover their love for computing.
As a lover of both technology and language, when I learned Visual Basic in eighth grade, I was happy to discover that many of my favorite parts about language and communication-- problem-solving, helping, and inventiveness-- were integral to CS, too. Throughout high school, I explored the subject further through online classes, and in 2014, co-founded Summer of CS, an annual free 1-2 week long workshop for middle school students. My vision to foster an empowering and inclusive environment in computing was born as I witnessed apprehensive beginners transform into enthusiastic coders through the workshops.
As former Co-President of WICC and current Advisor to the Co-Presidents, I love this organization and am excited to help guide the executive board to expand this mission and create focused impact.
I took my first CS class junior year of high school when my school replaced AP Stats with AP Java. Being a huge math nerd, I was bumbed that they switched the class but after taking the Java I wanted to continue to explore computer science. Once I learned that Cornell had CS and IS, I was torn between the two but decided to major in Information Science because it allows me to get the technical skills of CS as well design thinking, product cycle, and much more.
Like many others, it didn't immediately occur to me that I wanted to study computer science. I always thought that chemistry was my calling, but sitting in my first chem class at Cornell, I knew that something was wrong. The passion and excitement wasn't there, and I wasn't completely sure my future self was going to be happy with this career. It was only after attending WICC events did I begin to seriously consider computer science. Despite my fears of never being as talented or accomplished as other programmers, WICC has given me the confidence to keep working hard until I achieve my goals. The members of WICC are crazy inspirational, and I know I would be lost at Cornell without them.
Like many others, my introduction to computer science in high school was nothing shy of completely nerve-wracking as I had come to view the field as daunting, foreign and seemingly very mysterious. I had no friends who were taking the particular course with me, and I was unsure of what coding would actually entail. As one of the only two females in the course, and the only member who was coming in completely blind, it was often difficult to relate to those around me and seek out help. For much of the first month I felt lost and often discouraged without a strong support system of women in computer science around me. Ever since declaring Information Science as my major and interacting with my fellow classmates here at Cornell, I have been surrounded by nothing but encouraging, positive and excited STEM women who constantly amaze me by their unique interests and deep-seated passions for the field. Joining WICC will allow me the opportunity to spread my love and obsession for the industry, to help motivate and support the women around me, and to help encourage and build a dominant female voice in the large world of computing.
As a freshman, a professor told me that electrical engineers build the plane computer scientists pilot. And at that time, I really believed that the two fields were distinct and CS was not my thing. After spending time learning and taking classes, I soon realized that I couldn't build without knowing how to fly and vice versa - I couldn't work on hardware without knowing how to program it. Being a part of WICC was one of the ways I integrated ECE and CS, and made room for myself in the CS community. WICC has taught me a lot of about collaboration, communication, integrating CS with other engineering and liberal arts fields, and appreciating and working to better a diverse community. I strongly believe that diversity fosters new perspectives and multi-faceted ideas in all areas, and as part of WICC's academic team, I hope to increase and encourage participation for anyone even remotely interested in tech.
My first CS class was APCS during my sophomore year of high school. I loved it, but I was still trying to choose between ChemE and CS. While choosing classes for my first semester, I suddenly decided to enrolled in CS classes rather than ChemE just to give it a try. I figured it shouldn't be too hard to switch majors during my freshman year. After my experience in these CS classes, I can't imagine pursuing any other major. It opened the doors to a whole new world and I realized how wide and relevant this field really is. I still had a lot of questions about the field in general and what I could do to get more experience, and I got many of these answered from friends in CS and my WICC mentors. It was extremely helpful having upperclassmen for this kind of support and I hope to give others this sort of community and support that I received.
I grew up in the tech-hub of Seattle, WA. Everyone's parents worked at big tech companies, and it seemed like every guy in my high school was coding in their free time. I loved math and science, and wanted to be a Chemical Engineer. I didn't touch a line of code until Spring Semester of my Freshman year at Cornell, but once I did, I never looked back. Nowadays you can find me in a comfy E-Hub chair coding away. I joined WICC in search of support and opportunities to give back. As a Career Development Co-Director, I aim to empower women with skills for an impactful career- the future is female!
I was first introduced to CS through an introductory Java class during my sophomore year of high school. At the time, I found an interest in art (sketching, painting, you name it), but also loved math. I thought that there was no way for the two to be combined, they seemed to be at opposite ends of the whole 'career spectrum.' But I realized that it was possible through computer science, with technical code in conjunction with the endless possibilites of design. It was daunting to me though, because I felt like there were so many existing stereotypes. I was one out of three girls in a class of over 25 people, and always felt like I could never be good enough. But WICC has showed me not to be discouraged by this, but let this be the reason To pursue the subject. The CS community and WICC are so welcoming to so many people of different races and backgrounds that you know you're not alone, and that there's always someone you can reach out to.
Computer Science never felt like an accessible subject to me in high school and I found very few women around me to be interested in pursuing it. After encouragement from family, I decided to try my first course during my first semester freshman year. I looked around and realized the discrepancy between how many women were learning to code with me versus the complete lack of any women involved at my high school. I loved the course and was blown away by the support of women in the class. I decided to pursue Information Science since I have always loved visual design and psychology. I had no idea WICC existed until one of my close friends brought me to an event. WICC has connected me to women who help me get through absolutely anything whether I am completely confused by CS classes or stressing about what I want to do with my life or even applying for internships. As publicity co-director, I hope to make our organization more accessible to women at Cornell and help them to see the community of women here to support everyone interested in computing.
In my senior year of high school I chose to take the course "Information Technology in a Global Society" as an elective. The course overviewed Adobe products, as well as introductory coding languages. Ultimately, this course inspired my love of working with clients to create unique products. Since then, I have been involved on Cornell's campus with marketing, public relations, and web development. As the Design Director, I am excited to work with all of the CIS community as well as their partners, to expand the visibility of events and organizations through design.
Coming to Cornell I had no idea what I wanted to study and on a whim I decided to take a CS class. As the semester went on I found myself looking forward to my CS classwork because I enjoyed how logical each process was and how organized all of our work had to be. Yet, I was hesitant to truly consider CS as a major because I knew that in this field I would be an anomaly. Luckily I found the encouragement and support I needed through the WICC community. WICC has taught me that CS is for anyone who wants to study CS. I love being a part of this community and now I want to help others understand that they belong here too.
I didn't know what computer science was until the summer after my junior year in high school when I decided to apply to a Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program in my area. During the program, I learned about computer science, gender disparity, and the incredibly supportive community of women in tech. In college, I wanted a similar supportive community and WICC provided me with just that. I decided to pursue computer science in college because I love problem solving and was excited for a challenge. Computer science by no means comes easily to me, but I love the rewarding feeling of finishing a difficult project. WICC has introduced me to countless people and opportunities and I love being a part of this empowering community.
My love for computing has always been like coming home; it's been my comfort since before I could open a school locker. I started understanding this comfort when I got my first laptop and quickly discovered that I could make my own websites with the aid of Quackit; the Myspace of W3Schools. My fondness of typing in languages that narrowly resembles the English language has been immense since then. It has only grown with the more languages I've come to know, the less it looks like English, and the longer I take to solve a problem. I hope to be able to share that feeling with girls of all ages and leave them in awe of the world of Computer Science.
Whenever I heard the term, "information science" as a kid, I always thought of men in gray shirts helping you install your WiFi hotspot into your living room. My school wasn't particularly strong in their Computer/Information Science department so my perception of what was possible in that field was largely informed by what I saw on TV and what was told to me. We're often told that if you're in computing, you must be brilliant at math or super introverted. WICC was the most wonderful disruption of all these stereotypes. That's why when I was introduced to WICC, I was quite literally in shock. They showed me that computing only expands your creativity and knowledge of the world. Through workshops and mentorships, I've been able to connect with myself on a deeper level. I've investigated what I truly want and how information science can get me there. Computing and Information Science gave me freedom which I think is something we profoundly want as human beings. I hope through community discussion, we can have a conversation about expanding our perception of what is possible. I want to investigate what makes people hesitant about entering computing spaces and how we can break those barriers. I want to collectively reflect on what is important to us and how computing and information science can facilitate or embody those values and goals. Hopefully together, we can give ourselves the permission to be free.
Before first semester my freshman year, I had very little idea of what computer science entailed. I had convinced myself that computer science, even engineering in general, was just not for me. Upon reflection, I believe this assumption can be attributed to the lack of female representation in tech and my personal lack of exposure to the field. I enrolled in CS 1110 on a whim and found that it challenged my logical and analytical thinking skills in ways I had been craving for years. My affinity for the subject convinced me to switch my major to CS later that year, which is also when I began attending WICC events. I did not have to look far for the guidance I sought; WICC is full of caring, supportive, and incredibly talented women, many of whom related to my experiences. I hope, as Co-Director of Community Discussions, to foster inclusive discussions that validate our struggles as women in tech and ideate actionable initiatives to promote our confidence and success.
Computer science is awesome. I revel in how interdisciplinary it is and how I can combine it with my other interests of art, music, design, and language. What motivates me most to continue programming and work on projects is the ability CS affords me to make tangible social impact through code. I love being apart of WICC and supporting and getting to know other CS students in the community. I hope that through WICC, I can help make the CS community more welcoming and collaborative for everyone.
Before I came to Cornell, I didn't know much about computer science. I've always loved math and problem-solving, and while I had many interests in high school, coding was not one of them since my school didn't offer many CS classes. As a prospective math major though, I decided to try a computer science class (CS 1110) my first semester at college and within days I was completely hooked. I love the challenge of writing a program, fixing the bugs, and (usually after many long but rewarding hours) making it run successfully. It's like solving a puzzle, super frustrating at times, but really gratifying in the end. I'm so glad that I discovered CS at Cornell, and as Mentorship Co-Director of WICC, I hope to encourage and promote other women at Cornell by providing them with support networks and fostering meaningful relationships within the CIS community at school and beyond.
I grew up with an electrical engineering professor as a mother. Naturally, I was always surrounded by STEM. From helping her build LEGO robots to watching in awe as she used a circuit to put a spinning bunny on top of my hat for my kindergarten's crazy hat day, STEM was normal to me. It was especially normal for me to see a woman, my mother, be successful in STEM. She was always my role model, and I dreamed of pursuing a career like hers. It wasn't until high school that my perceptions changed and I began to lose confidence in STEM classes. I went to a male-dominated engineering high school where I often felt out of place or as if I were looked down upon. I loved my computer science classes, but all my classmates seemed to know the information before the teacher even taught it. I always felt behind and like I wasn't smart enough for computer science. It wasn't until I came to Cornell and met women just like me in WICC that I regained the confidence I once had in my childhood to pursue a career in computer science. I saw seniors that reminded me of myself succeeding in computer science at Cornell and I thought to myself, "if they can do it, I can too." Through my position in WICC, I hope to help more women regain the confidence they need to pursue computer science.
One of the main reasons that I decided to pursue Computer Science is because it gives me the opportunity to be creative. There are so many different things one can do with Computer Science, from making a video game to diagnosing cancer, or from designing driverless cars to saving endangered species. I am so happy that I joined WICC because I've gotten the opportunity to work alongside amazing people towards the common goal of serving our community. Having previously been a Co-Leader for the Girls Who Code club, I had the opportunity to teach Computer Science to local high-schoolers. As an Outreach Co-Director, I hope to continue to share my love of creating with our local community and to encourage more women to join Computer Science.
I've enjoyed solving puzzles since a very young age, and my love for problem-solving has translated into my pursuit of CS. What excites me most about CS is that it's a never-ending journey of growth and learning. Whenever I discover a new tool or figure out a new design to enhance my projects, I'm reminded how the possibilities of what I can create as a developer are endless, and am motivated to further push my limits as a computer scientist. At Cornell, I am surrounded by many encouraging peers who are similarly passionate about CS. Through WICC, I have found sincere mentors and friends, just from randomly reaching out to strangers and asking about some of their past experiences. I'm excited to become a leader in that support system as Outreach Co-Director and hope to inspire more people to become interested in and pursue CS.
I quickly fell in love with Computer Science after taking my first Computer Science at Cornell. Coming from a family of engineers, I had always been interested and surrounded by STEM. Computer Science, however, intertwined problem-solving and creativity in a new way for me. Through WICC's Lunch Bunch program, I began to realize how Computer Science is so versatile and crucial to different fields- and more importantly, I discovered a larger community of students who are passionate about engaging with technology in different ways. As an Outreach Co-Director of WICC, I want to make Computer Science accessible and exciting for students from every community. I hope to share my passion for computing with young women and encourage them to deepen their computer science skills and confidence.
Ever since I was first introduced to computer science, I had always loved how programming constantly surprised me. It surprises me when a line of code could instantly create something on my screen and it surprises me when it shows me that I could I do something I didn't know I was capable of doing. I hope to inspire others not only to learn how to code, but also how to channel one's inner creativity and build something that might be completely out of their expertise. I hope to make an impact by rebranding how most people see WICC. We're not just women in computer science, we're creatives and innovators working towards inspiring others to build products that change the world.
I knew that computer science was a field I wanted more of when I programmed a unicorn to paint rainbows all over my computer screen my freshman year of high school. From then onward, so many people have supported my interests in tech, and I now want provide the same support for my classmates through WICC! Tech is the future, and I hope that through WICC, everyone can have a chance to build a better world.
I was late to the game but better late than never. With an overwhelming amount of interests, I found myself constantly conflicted on having to commit to one. Then I came to Cornell and stumbled upon the solution: coding. It wasn't until I took a chance to explore and enrolled myself in CS courses that I became exposed to computing and learned about its versatility and power to create and bring ideas to life. Joining WICC last semester only solidified my decision to pursue Information Science after attending workshops, where I discovered the intersection between tech and design, and engaging with the encouraging and talented members of the WICC community. And I hope to carry on and bring this passion and spirit to help other young women pursue computer science.
I've played around with programming since I was a middle schooler making video game mods, but it wasn't until late high school that I started seriously considering computer science as a career. I love how studying computer science pushes me to be creative with finding solutions for real world issues. I joined WICC because WICC provides a friendly and supportive space for women in CIS to collaborate, to make friends with similar interests, and to help each other grow intellectually. I hope to help bring our community together and make our events more accessible through design.
My journey with WICC started even before I started college: by attending WICC's pre-freshmen meet and greet event during Cornell Days. Through this event, and through the many other WICC initiatives I got the opportunity to be a part of during my college career, I was able to become a dedicated member and mentor in the computing community. WICC has shown that an aspiring technologist doesn't need to fit some conventional mold to be successful in computer and information science. Rather, the diversity of our backgrounds and experiences is what makes our work in computing truly impactful. Through WICC's dedication towards mentorship and support for minorities in tech, I hope to continue the organization's efforts towards encouraging future innovators and game-changers to make the computing community more inclusive and thus to have a positive impact on society and technology.
I grew up in the Silicon Valley and watched my parents code all day. As a child, I would show my friends how quickly I could smash random keys on the keyboard, just like my parents could. I didn't take particular interest in what seemed to me like the typing of colorful but incomprehensible jargon until my first CS class at Cornell. Completing every project meant experiencing the exhilaration of overcoming a ton of tiny logic puzzles. Since then, I have discovered the power of computing through implementing various web scraping tools, data analysis scripts, and UI's. I treat every blank text editor file as a canvas and constantly ask myself, "How can I write this to be as efficient and usable as possible". Thus, though I am not a CS major, I am able to reconcile my future as an engineer and my interests in design through my mentality and approach on every project. As WICC photographer, I tell stories that eliminate the stereotypes and barriers that prevent engineers and artists, men and women from understanding each other and working together.
It's strange to think that, up until participating in the Girls Who Code program back in high school, I was convinced I'd be an architect. However, after spending weeks working on controlling robots, shuffling "decks" of card objects, and developing scrolling video game backgrounds, I knew I wanted to be a part of the tech world. Since then, I've attended and founded hackathons, interned at companies from AOL to Qualcomm, and dedicated my time to diversity in STEM initiatives and outreach programs. Outside of WICC, I am the founder and president of the Cornell Beta Chi chapter of the Alpha Omega Epsilon engineering sorority and I'm majoring in Electrical/Computer Engineering. I'm dedicated to my passions of living in Duffield, reading YA novels, and showing off my meal-prepping skills. I'm excited to take on the role of VP of Academic so I can oversee the amazing events and initiatives that connect students to the Cornell CIS community and prepare them for their journey both inside and outside of the classroom.
I decided I was going to major in CS on a whim during Cornell Days because I liked math, I had no idea what I wanted to do, and I was already spending a significant part of my day vegetating in front of my computer. Fortunately, I have grown to love CS for the dynamic yet rigid problem-solving skills it taught me and the endless breadth of fields that it intersects with. I came to WICC for the free pizza bagels and Insomnia cookies, but I stayed because of the wonderful group of people who helped me integrate myself in the CS major and explore vastly diverse opportunities in technology. WICC's Lunch Bunch program was one of my favorite freshman experiences because I got to learn more about careers in corporations, startups, and academia while meeting other creative and motivated Cornell students. Throughout my term at WICC, I hope to help provide every CS student the resources, advice, and support systems they needs to feel successful and fulfilled at Cornell.
I decided to go into computing when I realized how powerful of a tool it could be in literally any field of interest I had. I love puzzles and building and it seemed like a perfect place to be. I joined WICC for the community of women I wanted to surround myself with. I wanted to be around people that were passionate about their work, but also saw problems that they wanted to contribute change to. For me, I get most inspired when I'm surrounded by people a really respect. Through joining WICC, I hope to show minorities in tech the diversity of opportunities that exist in this field, and teach them to never be discouraged to reach out for them.
Before coming to Cornell, the most CS experience I had was making fun little websites for a gaming site - nothing to put me amongst the ranks of those who had been coding for years. Ever since joining WiCC, I have been introduced to a community of people who have given nothing but love and support to me, and I hope to return that tenfold. To be a woman of color in this field is a tricky thing, and I would have felt incredibly lost at Cornell if I had never joined WiCC. I have learned to love CS, even at its worst moments, because of this organization and it's mission to make it accessible to everyone, rather than to a select few. As an Outreach Co-Director, I take it on a personal level to spread this accessibility to girls who might otherwise have never been exposed to Computer Science, and therefore would have missed out on incredible opportunities.
I started college without an ounce of CS experience and spent an entire year pursuing the chemistry track. Halfway through, I started feeling that maybe chem just wasn't for me. However, it wasn't until the beginning of sophomore year that I took Java and learned how to loop right. Even though I started CS later than most people, I'd like to stand as proof that it's 100% possible to catch up, regardless of where you start. I enjoy helping underclassmen realize their potential, since I was in their place only a year or two ago. I schedule casual mock interviews and technical interviews whenever, so just email me if you want one! Or if you just want to meet for coffee and chat about life, that's good too!
I had a bit of a slow start with CS- it wasn't until my I joined Girls Who Code before my senior year of high school that I really fell in love with this field. CS is inherently interdisciplinary because you're parsing the world around you, so there's never a shortage of meaningful intersections and initiatives. Despite all that I love about my major, I also couldn't help but notice that peoples' experiences as a part of this community varied drastically, especially if they hadn't been exposed to computing from an early age. Everyone deserves equal opportunity to succeed in this field, so I joined WICC to help start conversations and provide resources to those who need them most. During my time with WICC, I've been working to engage and support all members of the CIS community, notably through workshops on combating bias and toxic work environments, overcoming mental health stigmas, and intersectionality and allyship in tech. I'm really looking forward to continue furthering our mission of intersectionality and inclusion this year!
I first fell in love with computing when I realized how many different applications it has. As someone who had numerous interests ranging from biology to economics and no real way to engage them all, I felt like computer science was the perfect direction to go. With code, I can do everything from creating cancer-finding cells using artificial intelligence and synthetic biology to writing a program that creates and plays a playlist. With computer science, I don't have to pick one thing that I want to, but instead, I can do them all. I joined WICC because I want to support anyone and everyone in the CIS Community to pursue all their passions to build meaningful technology and solve real problems.
As a freshman coming into Cornell, I didn't really know what I wanted to do. Sure I had taken AP CS and worked on some robotic projects, but I never really thought of myself as becoming a coder. After I came here though, I got the chance to attend a bunch of WICC talks and meet the members of the WICC community and learn about their experiences and perspectives. All these things made me rethink what it meant to be a coder and proved to me that computer science wouldn't just mean that I would have to sit by myself staring at a screen all day. Instead I could use computer science to do what I want to do, whether it means creating AI or creating models for company data or creating an eye-catching website and get to meet tons of people along the way. WICC helped motivate me and encouraged me to become a better student and a more active member in the CS community and definitely benefited me both academically and socially. I hope that I can help encourage others in Cornell to be a part of this organization and love it as much as I do!
I always knew I wanted to be an engineer so I came to Cornell looking for a community of strong and motivated women who shared similar career interests as me. WICC has not only allowed me to expand both my personal and professional development, it has also increased my confidence in my success at Cornell.
I took my first Computer Science class my first semester at Cornell and I quickly grew to like it. It was systematic and logical; everything had a reason and an explanation. It was perfect for me. But I still wasn't sold on the Computer Science major. To me, Computer Science meant sitting in some basement coding. It had no impact on real people and it had no impact on the real world. While I now know that Computer Science is inherently connected to the real world, I have also come to realize that the basement stereotype is a misperception that frequently drives females away from Computer Science. As co-president of WICC, I hope to make CIS more personal. I want our community to understand that Computer Science can be applied to any field. I want students to thrive on collaboration and the support of others. And I want every student to know they can succeed in tech and beyond.
Growing up, I discovered a love for experimentation and innovation. I always thought I'd become a scientist, but still didn't know what exactly I wanted to study or do in my lifetime. I had interests in Technology, Biology, Astronomy, Politics, French....so many things! But it wasn't until I came to Cornell as a "Computer Science but I'm not too sure"-major that things fell into place. Coding, whether it was in a class, hackathon, or lab, gave me a sense of satisfaction and creativity - a way to impact any element of society at the touch of my fingertips. With crucial applications spanning nearly every field, I quickly came to realize that CS was the perfect combination of the experimentation and discovery that I always yearned for as a child. Ever since I joined WICC when I came to Cornell, I have been constantly inspired and refreshed by the WICC community and events. The fun and caring environment that WICC created for me spurred my enthusiasm and interest in CS, and I want to do everything I can to make others feel the same way as part of E-Board.
I had a long and windy road before declaring my major in Computer Science. I didn't enroll in my first real Computer Science class until I got to college, and it wasn't even love at first sight. I was 100% set on being a Chemical Engineer, when Computer Science surprisingly snuck up on me. I spent the summer after my freshman year reflecting on what I wanted to do, and while working at a small tech startup, decided that I was enjoying this so much more than the miserable hours I put into my chemistry lab. The satisfaction I gain from when my code works, the amount of creativity that Computer Science allows me to explore, and the combination of math and problem solving have hooked me in for life. I spent my last semester as a Community Discussions Co-Director and loved getting in touch with the Cornell community and beginning the long journey to start and continue discussion that would make Cornell a more inclusive and fair community. This semester, as one of the Corporate Relations Directors, I hope that I can help the entire WICC community (including men, other majors, etc) grow professionally and gain fair and equal access to internships and opportunities. There's nothing more I want than to see that I have made an impact in helping my peers succeed.
Up until my junior year of high school, I didn't even consider computer science as a major. But after writing my first program -- the "Hello World" program -- I realized that CS was perfect for me. The problem solving aspect of CS and its versatility in being able to apply in various different fields is something that I continue to be amazed by everyday. I joined WICC last year and it has allowed me to explore CS in so many ways and connect with other incredible women in an inclusive and welcoming way. As representatives co-director, I can not wait to contribute to this community and help students be exposed to the world of computing.
Because my high school was separated into academies, I happened to choose computer science as my program to study for four years. Learning programming was a completely new experience to me back then, so at first I found it difficult to think in such a different way. However, as I began to understand more of the various applications and potential of programming, I realized my passion for computer science. Although I was intimidated as being only one of the four girls in a program of twenty, I met with so many powerful women with different backgrounds during my senior year internship at Morgan Stanley. Their determination to apply their programming skills in different areas inspired me to pursue a career in technology. Now as a member of WICC, I want to expose others to the diversity of the field and hope to expand the CIS community involving other disciplines.