3.) What obstacles have you overcome in your career/college journey?
As a woman of color in a male-dominated field, I have sometimes felt that I was not qualified to be in computer science and security. "Imposter syndrome" has surfaced on many occasions, but I have learned that my qualifications are evident in my work and not my skin color.
1.) What is your chosen STEM field?
2.) Why did you choose this field?
I have loved math since I was in elementary school. My mother gave me a laptop at an early age and provided educational computer games that I interacted with for hours every day of the week. I grew to love not only math but computers, and in high school, I was encouraged by my mother and teachers to pursue degrees in those areas. When I initially started college, my plan was to major in mathematics. However, a computer science professor and woman of color in my department introduced me to computer science. Once I realized how fascinating the field was, I declared it as a minor and ultimately a major. Computer science and cyber security play critical roles in society and have the ability to positively impact our entire world. The broader impact is a major reason why I enjoy this field.