A Few Words from the Anita Borg Scholars

A Few Words from the Anita Borg Scholars

October 4, 2019 2 By Ronny Jaskolski


VICTORIA NNEJI: Hi, I’m
Victoria Nneji. I’m a first year at Columbia
University. SHILPA NADIMPALLI: I am
Shilpa Nadimpalli. I’m a senior undergrad at Tufts
University outside of Boston, pursuing bachelor’s
degrees in Computer Science and Biology. KARTHIKA PERIYATHAMBI: I’m
Karthika Periyathambi. So I’m currently doing my
Masters in Standford University with specialization
Computer Architecture. MICHELLE ANNETT: Hi, my name is
Michelle Annett and I’m a second year PhD student
at the University of Alberta up in Canada. FEMALE SPEAKER: Why did you
apply to the Anita Borg Scholarship? VICTORIA NNEJI: I applied
because I was thinking about ways to pay for college. And all of a sudden I went on
the Google website I found this scholarship. But then as I kept on reading
more about Anita Borg, I just felt like I had this connection
with her because of her story and what she wanted
to do with her life and with computer science and women. And so I was way more passionate
as I applied to this scholarship as
opposed to others. And I just felt like this would
not just give me money, but also a connection with other
women who are like me going into technology. KARTHIKA PERIYATHAMBI: As I was
passing along the corridor in the Gates Building in
computer science, there were all these posters up that said
that women in computer science and promoting CS. So those were the really
catchy phrases. When I saw them at the moment,
I was really inspired. This is the first technical
scholarship that I’m applying for and a really enormous
chance, so just went and applied for it. FEMALE SPEAKER: How has the
Anita Borg Scholarship impacted you? MICHELLE ANNETT: I think the
scholarship has actually impacted me in quite
a few ways. By winning the scholarship, we
actually got to go to the Googleplex. Which was really great, because
I actually got to meet a lot of Googlers. Which sounds really cliche,
but when you go there and you’re in the environment of
Google and you meet the people that work there, you realize
that they all have a passion for the same thing you do
which is really great. And secondly, I think it impacts
me because it made me realize that I am smart. I do belong in this field. And there are many great things
that I can do if people actually believe in me which is
really awesome to have that kind of support from
other people. SHILPA NADIMPALLI: Getting the
Anita Borg Scholarship solidified my future plans. I met a lot of graduate
students at the Google Scholar’s Retreat, and it was
really inspirational hearing everyone really excited about
their research and the type of things you can do with
computer science. So I decided after I graduate
I’m going to get a PhD in computer science. FEMALE SPEAKER: What advice
would you give women who are considering studying
computer science? VICTORIA NNEJI: I would say
do not be afraid to study computer science even though
it seems like a technical field and it’s all guys
and they’re all nerds. It’s not really that way. It’s really fun, and you can
really get to know people by speaking programming
languages. If you’re good in science and
math or technology and engineering, then try computer
science because it’s really interesting and you can
do so much with it. So don’t be afraid. KARTHIKA PERIYATHAMBI:
[INAUDIBLE] that computer science is
restricted to hard-core programming or indoor thing. But it has such a wide field,
like writing from computer architecture to bioinformatics
to even interfacing with electrical engineering. So just don’t go restricted
by the misconception. It’s like a [INAUDIBLE], just go
explore it and you’ll never get bored of it. It’s just a wonderful field
that you should not miss.