Tag Archive: Femgineer

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    by Angie Chang

    Pushing Past Easy Excuses to Quit

     I didn’t let my peers who were smarter, more experienced, and didn’t have to worry about money bother me. I just put my blinders on and plugged away.

    By Poornima Vijayashanker (Founder, Femgineer)

    I am really bad at quitting. Failing miserably isn’t enough to get me to quit either. For example, when I was a freshman in college, I got a 19 on my first Computer Science test. It was a wake-up call that instilled fear in me to drop the class, but a semester later I couldn’t shake the thought of dropping it. So instead I decided to spend my entire summer re-taking the course, eventually majoring in computer science and, well, we know what happened after that.

    Even when catastrophe strikes, I cannot quit. My freshman year, my dad lost his job.

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    by Angie Chang

    Because Knowing How to Code Isn’t Always Enough

    Women engineers entering the field now are definitely in a better support system.

    By Sujata Menon (Java Developer, Marqeta)

    For a woman in tech today, there are quite a few resources out there to help one advance technically and professionally. This was not the case even 5 years ago. Being the lone woman engineer in an all-male team was the norm for me; and I hardly ever discussed being female or anything related to it. I really did not miss any discussions that were female-centric, and was happy and proud being a techie.

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    by Angie Chang

    Do The Hardest Thing

    I’ve programmed myself to do the hardest things in life, but they’ve also brought me the greatest joy!

    By Poornima Vijayashanker (Founder & CEO, BizeeBee)

    Instead of doing what’s easiest, I always chose to pursue the hard path. Even after dropping out of my first computer science class, I forced myself to take summer school, and take the class again. Then when most were dropping out of engineering school, I convinced myself into double majoring in electrical engineering and computer science with just two years before graduation.