Hello! My name is Haya and I’m a college student studying computer science and cyber security. This blog is where I write about my experience pursuing computer science, being a woman in STEM, programming, and other things relating to technology. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Here’s an excerpt from my post about how I first got involved with computer science & cyber security:
Near the end of my junior year, a Google Classroom message from my teacher flashed on my phone screen. It was a link she had copied and pasted, which took me to this site. SANS Girls Go Cyberstart, is an online training game that teaches girls about cybersecurity, ethical hacking, computer forensics, and so on by having them compete in teams, doing challenges that teach them cybersecurity principles to collect points. The top 3 teams in your state with the most points move on to a national 48-hour jeopardy style competition for cash prizes. I was intrigued and asked my teacher to let me start a team for our school. I found 5 girls to meet the requirements, and we played. It was exhilarating in a way, the rush of decoding steganography, SQL injecting, learning to SSH. We moved onto nationals in May, and I was awarded as one of the top 10 scorers in my state.
Cybersecurity was something I never considered before, a whole new subfield of computer science that was still so incredibly vast. I knew computer science was what my future degree would be in, but as for what I’d do with that career, I had not the faintest idea. Software engineer didn’t feel quite right, and coding apps were definitely not the move for me. This competition awarded me more than just a scholarship, it dropped a plausible career path into my lap, one that I’d enjoy. […] <- Click here to read more