Women Who Reign: Emma Koslow

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Apr 11, 2017 · 3 min read

“im’ma compel him to include women in the sequel. werk!”
~ “The Schuyler Sisters” from Hamilton

Tell us about yourself along with a fun fact!
I am a sixteen year old girl (sophomore in high school) from Warren, New Jersey. I first became interested in coding and computing when I designed my first website when I was six years old that was about dogs! Since then I began coding in Scratch and Kids Ruby when I was eight and have now learned HTML, Java, MIT App Inventor, Swift, Python, Basic, and C.

I am the student facilitator of my Girls Who Code club, the director of communications at coderGirls, a curriculum developer at Code Circle, and have been honored as a 2017 NCWIT Aspirations In Computing National Honorable Mention and New Jersey Winner!

I am also working on creating a not-for-profit involving children with special needs and am working on creating an animated movie short about a girl in tech. Besides coding, I am a clarinet player in a school’s jazz band and a project coordinator for Jersey Cares, an organization which helps New Jersey residents volunteer at various events.

FUN FACT: Mi instruis al mi mem paroli esperanto ( I have been teaching myself to talk in Esperanto!)

What # would define your life journey?

Favorite website / app:
My favorite tech tools are definitely the ones that help me connect with other girls in tech. The Girls Who Code Loop, where I can connect with other people in Girls Who Code and the Aspirations in Computing Group where I can get advice and get to know the others who have been NCWIT AiC awardees are examples of websites and apps.

Someone who inspires you and knowledge they have imparted:
Someone who had inspired me is Reshma Saujani. She is the founder of Girls Who Code, which was the organization that helped me realize how a girl can dominate in the tech field. Reshma and Girls Who Code showed me that being a minority is okay and to be proud of being a girl in a male dominated industry. I hope I am honoring her goal of closing the gender gap with running a Girls Who Code club in my school and helping middle schoolers learn to code so they don’t have to struggle with learning on their own like I did.

Song that makes you want to dance:
“Defying Gravity” from Wicked

Challenge you’ve faced and how you overcame it:
A challenge that I have faced would be learning to code by myself. Learning programming is not easy, and it was unfortunate that my middle school and elementary school did not offer the coding classes that I really wanted to take. Luckily, I didn’t give up on my goal.

Through websites like Code Academy, I was able to teach myself how to program. Finally, when I changed to private school in high school, I was able to take programming classes and am now the youngest girl in my AP Computer Science A! I also will be going to take College Classes in Advanced Application Development to enhance my knowledge of Swift, and in animation to help learn more about animating for my animated short that I hope will be done by next year!

Ideal Job:
My ideal job would probably be working at a tech start-up to help being with neurological disorders. Being with brain disorders have to struggle with doing basic tasks in their lives. It is my dream to be able to connect my computing skills with being able to help brain disorder victims to live a normal and fulfilling life. I would also love to work at a tech company like Facebook, Google, or Pinterest as so many people use those websites all of the time so working on them would be impacting the entire world which would be an absolute honor and privilege

What knowledge would you impart to women in order for them to REIGN their lives?
I would tell them to never give up and to never be discouraged. Giving up is the worst thing that someone can do in a situation and if you keep going forward, it will all end up alright in the end. Also to never let anyone underestimate you for being a girl and you are just as capable of anything as a boy is.

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