Bravo! My son will be starting his journey with you this fall and it is great to read your experience, though your article could be to any computer science student. I have been totally baffled by not only the push for women to go into STEM (but no other male dominated field), but also the demands from women to retain them. I grew up being told I could do anything I chose to so it makes me wonder what girls are being taught now. I was never told I needed representation in the workplace or to be afraid or quit if there was no one else like me in my classes or at work. I find the concept so regressive.
Good luck in your next stage. I think often about going back for a Master’s degree (to teach math or science ironically). Most of my son’s computer science teachers were women and they are the ones who encouraged him to pursue a degree. I look forward to reading more about your journey.