As an undergraduate woman in a male-dominated major, I have struggled with meeting and connecting with other women like me. My friends and classmates who are not looking to enter technology-related fields often have tight-knit friend groups in which they feel supported emotionally, academically and professionally. I had always longed for such a community and was estatic when I heard about Rewriting the Code, an organization dedicated to empowering college women who were passionate about technology.
After applying and being accepted as a RTC fellow, I have been exposed to a community of women who have had similar experiences struggling with being in a technical, male-dominated major and who want to help each other succeed. I have found that the community is exceptionally welcoming and understanding. Nobody has ever made me feel embarassed for asking questions or for advice. There is no culture of "one-upping" each other or pressure to maintain appearances, which often happens all the time at my university.
Even though the community is mostly online, we have had summer meetups in locations where we are interning to meet each other in person. We have also had college students, company recruiters and tech employees from amazing companies host informative webinars. I am so fortunate to have been a part of Rewriting the Code and hope that they will continue to grow and expand their influence to help more women like me.