From sorority girl to software engineer, what, like its hard?

Writer : Jessica Hua

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It was hard.

I never thought I would someday become a software engineer. I felt like I didn’t fit the profile. I didn’t like math nor was I very good at it. I would never define myself as introverted and I sure didn’t spend my time going around fixing computers.

Coding for me started back in the MySpace days where everyone was customizing their layouts. I never found ones I liked so I started taking existing layouts and tweaking the HTML and CSS to make it my own. I could spend hours doing this but never thought I would make this a career because that wasn’t a “cool” job for a girl.

Fast forward to college, I struggled to choose a major. When I ran out of options, I decided to give computer science a go. However, I didn’t feel like I was smart enough to pursue computer science, I felt behind since I was switching majors, I didn’t want to fail, and I didn’t want to be in class with all boys. I didn’t want to not graduate on time so I stuck with it but decided to join a sorority to make up for the lack of girlfriends I had. I wasn’t really sure how I fit the profile here as well. I was worried I wouldn’t get accepted because they saw me as a nerd and anti-social. I didn’t have the free time to go out every weekend like everyone else because of my workload. I ended up joining Phi Mu as the only girl in computer science but with a group of amazing girlfriends that I can talk makeup or do spa days with. I later graduated from DePaul University with a degree in computer science with a concentration in software engineering.

I am Jessica and I am a software engineer for Fidelity Investments. I love using code to bring my ideas to life. I love constantly learning new languages and discovering new possibilities in tech. I am loud and programming jokes make me giggle. I love playing with makeup, a huge fan of rap and hip hop, and a total sneakerhead. I love going out with my girls on the weekends, meeting new people and traveling the world.

Don’t let society put you into boxes. You can be both. You can be anything you want to be even if you don’t fit the profile. Be the Elle Woods from Legally Blonde and break the stereotypes.

It was hard yet I am out here killing it.