Turning coding into its own art
Arabia Simeon knows exactly how much a full suite of programming software costs—more than she, or anyone from the Brooklyn, NY, neighborhood where she grew up, could afford. And she knows there aren't a lot of women in STEM careers. But that didn't stop the Smith College student, double majoring in computer science and art, from learning to express her creativity through code.
Art may not seem like a natural complement to computer science, but Arabia is proving otherwise. In fact, exploring the intersection of art and coding is her passion. "There are so many different parts of computer science. It's also art-based graphics, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality—all these really cool things that aren't just you sitting behind the computer," she says. "Like art, I think computer science is just a way to express yourself."
Smith College, Brooklyn, New York
Computer science and art