NAME: Briana Vecchione
SCHOOL: Pace University
DEGREE: Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
GRADUATION YEAR: 2016
How She Became Interested In STEM & Why She Chose Pace University
I started tinkering with code during the days of MySpace without really realizing I was coding! I enjoyed the creative component of reverse engineering, and so my interest grew from there. I experimented with web development side projects all throughout high school, which worked to my advantage during my freshman year of college when I found myself enrolled in an intro CS class.
I found myself at a University that offered an intensely tight CS community and sponsored me in various projects both nationally and internationally, and I appreciated the atmosphere of a small environment with specialized attention and a higher degree of impact.
On Why It’s Important To Intern
It's important to get as much exposure as you can in diverse positions so that you can learn what work styles and environments are most conducive.
At Microsoft Research, I found myself in data science research, which helped me develop an emphasis within my CS education. It also exposed me to presenting at and attending conferences, which has been the most important compliment to my studies.
At the Federal Reserve, I learned about data architecture and business applications of a project, like database schemas, creating/iterating dashboards, and interfacing with stakeholders.
My position with wogrammer resulted after reaching out to the founders and expressing interest in bringing the organization to the ground at a local level. It's been an awesome avenue for me to meet, connect with, and give exposure to immensely talented women engineers!
On The Importance of The Grace Hopper Celebration
This past year was my 2nd year receiving the Grace Hopper Celebration scholarship from Anita Borg Institute, which was very exciting! GHC is scaling immensely fast because of the incredible opportunities that it provides. Some of the most pivotal moments in my career have come from the experiences that I've had and the connections that I've made at GHC. From listening to keynotes by industry leaders and interviewing with your favorite companies to meeting your online CS friends face-to-face for the first time, it's definitely something I recommend every woman in CS attend at least once during their career.
Top Lessons Her Work Experience Has Taught Her
Passion will be your greatest motivator and most important reward; Everything else can be learned.
Networking is just a fancy name for meeting interesting people and expanding your own horizons by getting to hear about their journeys. It will lead to some of your greatest friendships and most important mentorships.
Stay humble, never stop learning, and don't be afraid to take risks - especially while you're still young!
Work that fulfills you is work where you'll be able to make the largest difference. Find the difference between "knowing when to go" and being persistent in the face of adversity.