College senior and children’s book author shows girls that ‘coding is cool’
Sasha Alston began writing Sasha Savvy Loves to Code when she was still in high school. Just like the title character, she's showing girls, especially girls of color, to follow their passions.
I was introduced to STEM in the 9th grade at McKinley Technology High School in Washington D.C. You had to choose a track to focus on during 10-12th grades and I chose technology based on my love of electronics.
I took coding classes but I wasn’t intrigued until I had my first internship at Microsoft the summer before my senior year in high school. It was a great experience because it allowed me to see how technology is applied to different industries within a company. I was the marketing manager for a team of game developers and a project manager.
When I started college, my major was Computer Science but I changed it to Information Systems because I would like to focus on the business side of technology. Information Systems teaches you how technology works, and what type of technology should be used to solve a business problem. It covers the relationship between technology and business.
I’m currently a senior at Pace University and the author of the children’s book Sasha Savvy Loves to Code. I have had an amazing journey.
I honestly never dreamed that writing the book would take me so far. It all started after a radio interview where I had to explain what coding was. After that, I started to think that if he didn’t know, then younger kids might not know either.
I decided to write a book because it was already evident from my internships and programs that not many girls were involved.
The most exciting thing about my work in STEM is inspiring other girls. I’ve noticed that there aren’t enough girls involved in STEM-related activities, especially girls of color. I think raising interest in STEM should be done at an early age.
Girls hearing from me, a Millennial who likes fashion and music just like most of them but who also thinks coding is cool, has made an impact on them.
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