My name is Aditi Patil. I am 17 years old and a junior in high school. Throughout elementary
and middle school, I had always fixated on the thought that computer programming was
something for boys because it was too difficult to learn, had a "geeky" characteristic, and
had too much of a lone wolf kind of atmosphere. However, after scheduling at my high school
resulted in me having Introduction to Java Programming as an elective, I became immersed in
the world of computer science. I enrolled in a summer coding camp at Flatiron school where I
became aware of the shocking disparity between men and women in the Computer Science
industry. This inspired me to start XX Coders as a high school club and become involved with
organizations like Girls Who Code. I might not have stumbled onto computer science if it
weren't for the push of my family and teachers, but not every girl has that opportunity.
After several years of volunteering at the middle school in the nearby town of Wyandanch, I
realized this was one of the places where no one really had exposure to computer science.
Interestingly, the Girls Who Code that I interned at was at the Wyandanch Family Life Center
but only two girls showed up and neither were from Wyandanch! Unsettled by this, I decided
that someone should computer science to this area. We live in a STEM (science, technology,
engineering, and math) universe, where any career can be benefited with knowledge in
computer programming. With so much love and passion for coding, I want nothing more than to
spread this to other girls so that they may find success somewhere in their lifetime--not
only in the field of computer science but all the many applications that coding provides.