Inspire_Her Feature: Diana Balderas
Briana: What was your first experience with technology and/or coding?
Briana: Describe some of your achievements in awards or extracurriculars, especially STEM.
Briana: What is a challenge you've faced, related to coding/technology experiences? How did you overcome that challenge?
Diana: A challenge I faced is being discriminated against my ethnicity, which is being hispanic and my dream of pursuing a career based on computer science. It was difficult to know that there aren’t many role models of my own race being part of the STEM industry. With the help of my mentors from Kode With Klossy, I learned that I shouldn’t let anyone put me down because after all, I am a young hispanic woman who is a future innovator in the tech industry and a . From the encouragement and support from my community, I took the biggest step of my life which is being a role model from young women in STEM. Successfully, starting my own STEM club called Latinas In STEM; I couldn’t be prouder of myself because sí se puede! As a minority in STEM, I want to make a difference especially motivating young girls to keep reaching for their dreams. I learned that there is always going to be a barrier in my life that won’t let me keep reaching for my goals, but I needed to prove myself that the accomplishments I made makes an impact in society.
Briana: What universities are you applying to in the fall?
Diana: I will be applying for USC, UCLA, UC Merced, UCSB, and UC Riverside. For Cal States, it would be Cal Tech, Cal State Long Beach, California Polytechnic State University, and Cal Fullerton.
Briana: What advice would you have for someone who was interested in technology, but was intimidated?
Don’t be afraid to try new things because you might never know it could turn out to be your future career you want pursue. First thing to know is that coding could seem scary at first, but there’s a lot resources to help you learn and little by little you’ll get the hang of it. Next, if you want to make a difference in your community, be the change you want to see. Furthermore, your creativity and innovation with coding combined you can create anything that you want. Lastly, everything is possible unless you push yourself to work hard and dedicate your time to learn something new. /* Remember, girls can code! *