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Scholarship Entrant: Jody from Shoreview, MN
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Jody: 20

My dream would be to work with and on computers and get paid for it. I want to work in technology and happily spend the day up to my elbows in microprocessors and motherboards. Now in my 30s, I decided to pursue a degree in Computer Science. I want to have a career doing what I love instead of simply going to a job every day to pay the bills.

Computer Science as a field is growing, but there is a gender disparity that doesn’t reflect the male to female ratio in the rest of the world. Women are beginning to enter other STEM areas in larger numbers due to increased recruitment efforts, but the technology field still has a significant gap.

As a woman, I want to work in the field and help blaze a trail for other women and girls who have an interest in anything from coding software to managing server farms. In my younger years, I never considered the idea of pursuing a technology degree, despite a growing interest. Girls just didn’t do that sort of thing, so I went for a “safer” liberal arts education.

I don’t know how much of an impact it would have on the world, but I want to help future generations be encouraged to be curious. For my part, I want to get involved with communities created to reach and cheer on women who want to take apart those electronics, or learn to code a webpage “just because”.

Vote for Jody: 20

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