Not only did I inherit some physical appearance from my father, but I also inherited a passion for technology. From an early age, I had a computer at home and as a girl who did not play with her dolls, I had more fun watching my father assembling and disassembling computer components until late at night, and sometimes even later than bedtime.
It’s hard to recall the moment when I became interested in programming because as I was growing up, I started hanging out more with my friends, and the strong connection that I had with the computer disappeared. In high school, I was focused on learning languages, such as English, French, Italian and Latin, but I enjoyed Math as well. By the end of high school, I started questioning myself what I really wanted to be and what would my number one life goal be.
There were moments when I had no such interests and then an idea popped up in my head in no time – merge my passions and go to college where I could learn programming languages.
Later, as it turned out, thanks to some of my extraordinary college professors at FINKI, everything came to a place. Their unforgettable lectures taught me the languages which are used to write programs, complete and functional sets of instructions that computers use to accomplish tasks, like loading a web page, generating statistical analyses, and finding the sum of two numbers.
I strongly believe that the paths that people take to get into programming are much more varied than stereotypes give credit for, and I think it’s useful to see that there are many possible paths to programming. And becoming a programmer is not something you can learn by merely attending faculty classes. Even if you have a Computer Science degree, you still have to be passionate about programming, practice, read books, watch presentations, try different languages, read code, write code, etc. This complements perfectly with my hobby of reading books and watching movies. In that manner, I am never tired to dive into books and gaze in presentations.
And for the end I will quote Ada Lovelace: “Mathematical science shows what is. It is the language of unseen relations between things. But to use and apply that language, we must be able to fully appreciate, to feel, to seize the unseen, the unconscious.”