I highly recommend that you apply to the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award if you are a female in high school who is interested in technology and computer science. NCWIT stands for the National Center for Women & Information Technology and is a non-profit organization that encourages girls of all ages to participate in computing and learn programming.
This year, I am honored to be an Affiliate Winner within my local area as well as a National Honorable Mention which is within the top 10% of all applicants (over 3,600 applied)!
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Go back to your good ol’ (or current) days of school, and imagine yourself in the playground during recess. There’s a group of kids surrounding two students, and one of them is being bullied. You’re the bystander. Would you help or would you watch? Now, be honest when you answer this question. You might easily think, “Yes, I will do more than watch,” but would you really?
It seems as though the social norm is to do nothing, as everyone is merely watching and condoning to the bully’s behavior. I see this in high school where two kids get into a fight and everyone just crowds around, taking videos of it, laughing. No one runs to an adult to break up the fight. Would you have the courage to stand up to this immoral act?
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In middle school, I decided to complete my Girl Scout Silver Award by making hats and booties for the newborns at Houston Methodist Hospital. It was absolutely amazing. My project advisor helped me come up with the patterns, and I taught classmates at my school how to crochet them. In the end, over 200 hats and booties were made, and it gave me the best feeling in the whole wide world. I understood how much this meant to the hospital and all the new parents, especially when the baby was too small to fit the normal size ones at the stores. However, it’s even more significant when that newborn doesn’t make it, as these crocheted items show how much we care for them and their loss.
Ever since I finished my Silver Award, I wanted to continue my services at the hospital. I continued to deliver hats and booties whenever I had the time to make them during the school year and summer, but I wanted to do more. Fortunately, this year, I was old enough to apply for the Houston Methodist Hospital’s Junior Volunteer program.
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This summer, I took my first community college course! At first, I didn’t think I would have the time to do this along with all my other summer activities and it seemed kind of intimidating, but I’m extremely thankful that I did. I will be reflecting my experience on it, giving some advice on taking community college courses during the summer, and explaining why it’s so beneficial (especially while still in high school).
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