A Welcome Note from the WiCS Presidents

By Catherina Xu and Gracie Young

WiCS is starting a blog this year! We’re excited to share advice about navigating the tech world: from featuring community members and their cool research to providing internship advice to highlighting opportunities that computer science can provide. We are looking forward to opening up the blog as a space for people to write about their personal perspectives. The blog is a place to share your unique voice and experiences with the greater CS community. The opinions published here will represent the views of individual writers, not WiCS as an organization.

If you have a topic you’d like to read or write about, share your ideas.

Next, a little bit about ourselves:

Catherina (Cat) is currently a junior studying computer science. In the past, she has co-chaired HackOverflow with Gracie and worked as an intern on the External Events team. Cat has interned at Declara, Visa, and Google and is excited to explore the ~product~ side of CS as an APM intern at Google this summer! Outside WiCS, she currently serves on the board of Stanford Women in Business and Stanford’s Asia-Pacific Student Entrepreneurship Society (ASES) and has studied abroad in Oxford, England. In her spare time, you can catch her swatting birdies at the gym, tuning into the latest episode of Suits, or reading about little-known periods of history!

Gracie is also a junior majoring in computer science. She loves the WiCS community and joined last year to help with HackOverflow. On campus, she has been a course assistant for the Android Application Development class, served as vice president of Chi Omega, and sipped a lot of tea. Gracie likes to build things at hackathons, code Android apps, crochet blankets, and snuggle with her three cats. She’s worked for the Navy, Qualcomm, and Google, and she’s very excited to work on Google’s Android Wear team in London this summer!

There are a lot of ways to become more involved in the WiCS community if you are interested! Our board is made up of sophomores, juniors, seniors, and grad students who work together on different teams.

WiCS is opening up a few board positions on our HackOverflow team, and we’d love for you to apply (here)! Board members attend bi-weekly meetings and weekly team meetings, and they participate in fun events like winter retreat and quarterly board dinners. But the most rewarding part of being on the board is helping WiCS thrive!

WiCS also has an intern program for freshmen, and we are now opening freshmen intern applications (apply here)! The interns form strong bonds as they explore computer science intro classes, tour tech company offices, and get to know each other at intern-focused events.

We also have a general membership program open to everyone. Attend events or write blog posts three or more times, and we have special WiCS swag for you!

WiCS is a community of individuals seeking to empower women in the computer science discipline, raise awareness about diversity (why so few?), and provide professional and academic opportunities. From the industry mentorship program and various recruiting events in the fall to HackOverflow in the spring to regular dinners with influential CS faculty, WiCS is packed with events that will help you navigate computer science as a potential field of study and find a family at Stanford (as we have!).

Welcome to WiCS and see you in the next post! #sharingandcaring