I was fascinated with computers, even with my limited exposure to programming at a computer camp I attended, and so I wanted to pursue Computer Science as a degree. I had no background in programming when I graduated high school, however, so my dad gave me a crash course in Python shortly before I entered college. Almost four years later, I'm about to graduate with a specialization in Data Science and Analytics, with Python as my favorite weapon of choice in data visualization and machine learning.
The feeling of inadequacy in the face of all my dev work. In the past few months I've had to learn so many new frameworks in short amounts of time just to finish certain projects, and I'll have to continue doing so in the succeeding months. It's overwhelming, and I feel like, in spite of my passion, I learn very slowly compared to my peers, which can be disheartening. But I've learned to shelve my feeling of inadequacy and keep putting in the necessary effort. It's not about the speed, but the dedication and perseverance to keep going until I can accomplish what I've set out to do. Anyway, everyone learns at their own pace, so there's no point in feeling bad when comparing against others.
How far I've come. As someone who had no computer classes in my high school, I'd like to think I've grown and come so far since I entered university. My freshman self was still struggling with object-oriented programming. I felt so far behind compared to everyone else around me who had started programming way earlier. I contemplated shifting out.
But by the start of my junior year, I had begun self-learning through online courses. I applied to and was offered various opportunities, succeeded in some, failed in many others. Now, I'm juggling my academics (including thesis) with extra-curricular work, client work, and competitions/hackathons. I've experienced studying abroad, interning outside of the capital, receiving my first job offer, and receiving an offer to apply for a master's degree abroad. I love my work as a software developer and aspiring data analyst, and that's what I'm most proud of: finding happiness in my projected career.
Be vocal about your support. This applies to anyone, but I'd mostly like to address males in particular. Although in the face of sexism, some women and non-binary people can stand up for themselves, sexist people (both male and female) are more inclined to not listen anyway. They're more likely to listen to other men instead, which is why it's very important to have male advocates for gender equality in the sphere of computer science.