“I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.” — Mary Louise Alcott
Tell us about yourself along with a fun fact!
Hi! I am Yashwee Kothari. I am a Senior at Morris County School of Technology studying in the Academy of Computer and Information Sciences. I am really passionate about creating technology and promoting computer science. My passion led me to co-found my school’s first high school hackathon, hackMCST (https://hackmcst.tech) and started a Technology Club (http://mcsttechclub.github.io/). I also enjoy competing at other high school and college hackathons. In fact we are having our first 24-hour hackathon this December! Fun fact I moved to the United States when I was 5 years old.
What # would define your life journey?
Favorite website / app:
I love using Microsoft Virtual Academy, I learned HTML and CSS there for the first time!
Someone who inspires you and knowledge they have imparted:
Sundar Pichai because he came from a house with no telephones to becoming on the richest people on this planet because he worked hard every second and he truly loved what he did. Even when Google executive officers dismissed his idea of creating Chrome he persisted and today because of his ambition and persistence, Google is where it is.
Challenge you’ve faced and how you overcame it:
I was accepted and currently attend a magnet vocational school for the Academy of Computer and Information Sciences. On the first day of freshman year I walked into a room full of 16 guys and 1 girl. Being one of the only 2 girls in the academy has inspired me to break the gender stereotypes and do what people thought girls in tech can’t do! It has made me more determined to stay and fight the gender barriers and excel!
It’s quite a reach but one day be the CEO of Google!
What knowledge would you impart to women in order for them to REIGN their lives?
Persist!! You will face obstacles, everyone does but it’s what you do with those obstacles! If you don’t face hardships you will never learn how much you want your goal. Nothing good ever comes easy without failure. I’ve failed so many times from learning a new programming languages to starting my own technology club but I persisted and achieved my goals. I know I have many more obstacles to face in the future but as long as I persist, I know I’m winning the battle!