Blog 3: Identity
My identity of being a female is strongly reflected since the first moment I stepped into the office building. There’re too few female programmers compared to male. Different from U of M, even though there’re definitely more boys than girls in college of engineer, but you can still find girls everywhere on North campus. However, you will 90% possible to meet a male in the office area (of course, restroom doesn’t count). The first two weeks, I was the only female in the team, later comes another female intern. I do feel a little proud of my identity of female working in my team, but everyone is equally treated, and everyone is competing with each other fairly. I realize that I need to equip myself well to be ready for working with others.
Another identity I feel is that I am an undergrad. Everyone could become a programmer at any time, so programmer is a group composed of very different people. We have three interns in my team, but I am the only undergrad, and the other two are master and phd. I realize that the project I’m working on is much easier, and also, I realize I ask much more questions than the other two interns do. I became very frustrated when realize these. I took some time to think about whether I should continue what I’m doing right now or try to learn from the other two interns. I got the conclusion that I should admit that I’ still an undergrad, and I do need a lot more help than others. This makes me focus more on how to finish my own job strong.