“I became interested in computer science at 14 when I saw my best friend’s older sister coding. She told me about her experience in the field and suggested I try it out. My passion grew my Freshman year when I took an online computer science course through code camp; I began my own research. I enjoyed problem-solving, a constant and addictive challenge. The computer science classes at UCLA are mind-bending, causing me to scramble and making me solve puzzles like I never have before.
Now, I work with a start-up, designing the front end, user interface of an app. I create how the app appears on someone’s phone and its functionality. This is the first time I’ve made a phone app for ios. I have had to sift through no man’s land on Google, but that’s the fun of it. I love trying to solve the puzzle.”
“Much of what I have learned about computer science is self-taught; I watch YouTube videos on quantum physics and math. Without the internet, which also means without computer science overall, none of that would be possible. The existence of computer science has not only allowed me to keep learning and growing in a field I truly love, but it has also allowed society to keep advancing and I’m excited to see what develops next.”