After graduating from college five (?) months ago, I moved to Arlington, VA and started my new job at Capital One. Since then I’ve discovered the DC Tech community, which is a whole new world to me — what? A group of people who also love talking about technology and also get oddly excited about tech talks? SIGN ME UP!
Not only was I inspired to attend various talks and workshops, as well as participating in Hacktoberfest, I’m also starting my blog, which is what you’re reading right now! This is not really a blog per se; it’s more of a diary/note-to-self type of deal. I will be documenting my journey in technology starting off as a junior developer (ah-hem, Associate Software Engineer in Training), from configuring my terminal to (insert significant milestone here). Ideally I would actually build my blog (instead of writing on Medium/dev.to), but that would come after making my personal website, which comes after Hacktoberfest… So many projects, so little time! Hopefully these tasks would stop me from watching The Office on loop for the 12743505936th time.
I would end the article right here, but since we got the ball rolling, I might as well do a quick intro of myself:
Name: Sally Guo, Siqi is my Chinese name, I picked the name Sally from the back of a dictionary
Occupation: Software Engineer at Capital One
Location: Arlington, VA
Education: B.S. Statistics and Machine Learning, Carnegie Mellon University ’18
Favorite language: R, minus the fact that indexing starts at 1 🙃
Frontend or backend?: Definitely backend, or at least full stack. CSS has never been my friend.
Why did I go into software engineering?: Oof, long answer incoming. When I was a freshman in college, I was so intimidated by Computer Science. I firmly believed that since I’m a girl, I simply can’t do it. I took the most basic CS class and realized there’s nothing to be afraid of. I’ve taken a few more CS classes since then and they were challenging but fun. Around junior year, I decided to switch out of the Math major and switch into Stats ML, which was the closest thing to CS without having to take a fifth year. Two years later, here I am, working as a software engineer professionally. To answer the question, I went into software engineering because I enjoy applying logic to solve problems, and I enjoy building things with my bare hands (and a laptop). I love Statistics, and would love to go back to tinkering with data some day, but for now, software engineering is where it’s at. Thinking back, it’s ridiculous to believe I can’t do something because of my gender, but hey, that’s why we need more groups like Women Who Code and more conferences like Grace Hopper.
That’s about it! This was cross-posted from Medium; I’ll edit/update this as needed. If you actually read this, thanks for reading!