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"I started Computer Science in first year, never did I.T in high school and took History instead. I was originally going to take I.T and then I was informed that my I.T teacher in high school would basically “bully” the girls in the class till they dropped out. He didn’t believe that they belonged there. So I was like I’m not putting myself through that and so I took history instead.

In first year I came to varsity expecting to do physics and maths and I was encouraged to take computer science and applied maths as electives. My brother also did computer science so he encouraged me to take it as an elective.

I really disliked Maths and really enjoyed this thing where I could write some cool stuff and then really cool stuff happened because of something that I just created from my brain which was awesome. I decided to carry on with computer science and switched my majors in second year to physics and computer science.

It’s been good but it’s also difficult to find enjoyment in things when I have to get an assignment in by a certain deadline and have so much other work to do but I have enjoyed it.

Being a woman in computer science is awesome and a lil difficult. You know that you will get hired but you aren’t sure if the reason you get hired is that you are a woman or if its because you are good at what you do". - Claudia Grindlay (BSc Computer Science and Physics: 3rd year)
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"I love computers and technology and all that stuff.. but Wait, what is Computer Science?" This was me just finishing High school with absolutely no idea of what I wanted to do. All I knew is there had to be a Computer involved. That's when the internet introduced me to "computer science". Wow it even sounded cool and it had the word "computer" in it so I had to be on the right track to achieving my goal. I then came across a foreign concept known as "coding or programming". Now that did not excite me as much. I mean coming from not having done any programming in high school I had no clue what I was getting myself into. But because the word computer trumped all doubts I had to apply to do it. And I must say it's been very interesting! What an adventure! What an experience to be able to create something from scratch and make it come alive. To be able to give commands and make something beautiful. Imagine how many lives can be impacted? Imagine how a world can be changed? It's not easy, and if anyone said it was they're liars! It's all about getting through it each challenge at a time and getting back up when everything seems to be knocking you down. But it's all worth it in the end! - Fadzai Mupfunya (Information Systems Honours)

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"Computer Science has never really been the first option for me. I did CAT in high school instead of IT. When I got to university I did I took Computer Science in the Actuarial Science degree I was a part of before I changed degrees. I never thought CS was an option until I finally did it. It was always something I was interested in, especially coding because I wanted to be a hacker like everyone else. Doing Computer Science in first year was what actually opened my eyes to how fun and interesting it was. That is when I decided to change my degree. Even though it was a difficult decision, it is one of the best decisions I've made. As challenging as it is, I am learning so much. I am really enjoying it and I'm quite fulfilled with where I am. The CS environment is very male dominated, I sometimes feel isolated. You don't really feel represented because there are very few black woman doing comp sci and I think that diversity is important. It is usually better to envision success when there is someone who represents you." - Ntaoleng Mokotini (B.Com. Computer Science and Information Systems: 2nd year) ... See MoreSee Less

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