YOU are in Computer Science?

“You don’t really look like a Computer Science student…”

or

“I would never have guessed you were in Computer Science”.

These are two variations of the same sentiment I have heard for the past four years while completing my undergrad. I honestly believe that most of the time the comments are meant as compliments. Whoever I am talking to has thought that I, in some way am not ‘geeky’ enough to fit the stereotypes of my faculty. They see it as an anomaly and a good thing.

I do not.

Ultimately, there is a problem with those types of comments. They are rooted in an outdated idea that computers are for a certain subset of people. A subset that generally does not include girls, or outspoken people, or someone ‘like me’. Ridiculous. In our world computers are used by everyone and should be understood by everyone.

That’s why I wanted to be a part of this blog. To showcase my personal struggles and triumphs with technology (and with life) and to encourage others to either enter or continue on their tech path.

Three cheers for the girl geek!

~ Emma

2 Comment

  1. Laura says: Reply

    Truer words were never spoken. It is purely stereotype and an old one too. When I was young and launching into my girlgeek days, over 2 dozen years ago, I got a lot of pushback from my male counterparts in my course of study. I took it as my personal challenge to fight that perspective. Thanks for this blog entry; it’s a testiment to where we need to be!

    1. Kelley says: Reply

      Your strength got you through it. Share that with other girl geeks who may need more support than you did! You inspire others with your outlook girl geek.

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