Gaining confidence and skills to change the world
Growing up, Aishwarya didn’t know exactly what she wanted to do, but she was pretty sure her future wouldn’t revolve around computers. It’s no wonder: She thought that working with computers was for men, and computer science meant sitting in front of a laptop typing code by yourself—not exactly an appealing prospect for this outgoing young woman, who also plays tennis and loves to bake.
“My burning drive is to somehow change the world for the better, whether it is small or big. If I can help even one person realize their potential to better the world through the medium of technology, information and computer science, then I have reached my goal.”
When she took TEALS AP Computer Science her junior year, though, she realized her image of programming was wrong. When she looked around the Woodinville High School classroom in Washington State, she saw other girls getting excited about CS. And then she met her volunteer teachers—professionals in the tech field who taught her class programming on their own time, who worked in diverse careers and who didn’t fit the mold of a stereotypical coder.
The computer science course taught her the fundamentals of programming and helped her earn college credits, but it did so much more. It inspired Aishwarya to dedicate herself to diversity in tech.
Woodinville High School, Woodinville, WA