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Women Who Reign: Soumya Singh

“When competition becomes contribution, life becomes a celebration.”
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Tell us about yourself along with a fun fact!
Originally from India, I am a second year Computer Science Undergrad at Durham University, United Kingdom. When I’m not coding, I’m either playing badminton or taking lessons in a new language. I also draw and write occasionally. The very thought how technology can transform lives fascinates me and hence I once did a session for hearing-impaired kids from poor families in North India about how careers in technology can help them stand on their feet without their disability being a barrier.

I also have an obsession with aeroplanes and I own a little logbook of all the flights I take.

What # would define your life journey?
#keepgoing — No matter what transpires in life, the show must go on!

Favorite website / app:
Memrise — I am a language lover and Memrise gives me access to 100+ language lessons for free!

Someone who inspires you and knowledge they have imparted:
All the beautiful women featured in Women Who Reign and the brains behind this initiative (Saqi Mehta, Angela Cleveland). These are girls-next-door from all over the world who cherish the simple pleasures of life yet contribute to technology and the world in their own little ways, without the “toughness” or “geekiness” I wrongly assumed girls in tech are meant to have, thus lashing the stereotypes that encompass girls in tech.

Song that makes you want to dance:
I’m mostly into Bollywood Songs.

Challenge you’ve faced and how you overcame it:
I appeared for the Joint Entrance Examination 2015 in India. I got a decent rank and offer for prestigious universities back there, but not Computer Science (since your rank decides the subject you study and Computer Science is just for the top few hundred out of a million plus candidates). But I got into 5 World Top 100 universities in the UK for CS, however a new country, a massively expensive course fee and tougher visa regulations made me a little apprehensive. I was in a dilemma to have a comfortable, much more affordable education in a reputed university back home in exchange for the subject of my choice, or the course I always wanted to do in a world top 100 university in a foreign land. I took a blind leap for the latter which turned out to be the best decision of my life.

Ideal Job:
My ideal job would be the one that allows me to combine my technical skills and my desire to help people and have a tangible positive impact on the society — be it education, healthcare, infrastructure, finance, entrepreneurship, aviation or whatever. I love experimenting with a variety of things and also getting involved with people.

What knowledge would you impart to women in order for them to REIGN their lives
Shed your inhibitions — don’t be afraid to experiment with new things, don’t feel shy in reaching out to people and learning new things whether you succeed or fail. The only failure is not trying at all.