Introduce Yourself: Hello World! My name is Sabrina Kundu. I am a student at Virginia Commonwealth University and I am the Founder and President of ACM-W at VCU, a student organization for women in computer science. ACM-W stands for the Association for Computing Machinery’s Council on Women in Computing and is part of the world-famous ACM-W organization.
Thoughts On People In The World?: I believe there are two types of people in the world: the ones who live the lives they want and the ones who don’t. People have so much potential to achieve their goals and to make a difference, but we tend to get discouraged, sidetracked, and lose ambition. If you want to be successful, you must put yourself first. Be your own motivator. Work hard, show passion in everything you do, and strive to be an achiever instead of a doer. Don’t put yourself down. Be your own #1 fan. Other people who don’t believe in you may put you down, but you know yourself better than they do. Prove them wrong. It’s your life and you can live it exactly the way you want. As long as you are not hurting anyone or yourself, you are fine and you can ignore all those negative people.
What are your inspirations & goals?: My goals are to graduate with a B.S. in Computer Science summa cum laude along with a Certificate in Data Science and a Co-op Internship Certificate from VCU. While attending VCU, I aim to expand the ACM-W Student Chapter to partner with companies and launch an industry mentorship program for female computer science students, to host more technical workshops, and to host networking/social events that will broaden the community of women in computer science. After college, my goal is to work as a Software Engineer at Facebook at Menlo Park, CA. I want to use my advanced skill set to make contributions that will impact millions of people who use service.
How would you impact the world?: I want to be a huge contributor to the cause of encouraging more women to work in the technology industry. As the Founder and President of ACM-W at VCU, I am very much involved in the university’s computer science department and in building a community of female students who want to learn how to code. Not only do I work with students, faculty, and staff at VCU, but also I work with employers and members of Richmond organizations, like Women Who Code RVA. After college, I plan on getting involved in the ACM-W international organization to host community technical workshops and social events. I also want to attend national conferences to meet more inspiring women leaders in the tech industry.
Struggles In Life? : Maintaining a healthy study/work/life balance is a struggle. But it will get easier overtime as I get better at prioritizing.
How do you feel about yourself? Any changes you would make? : One improvement I would make about myself is to become more focused on the present, instead of the past or the future. I feel that if I focus better on the task at hand, I will be able to make faster progress and achieve more goals.
What does love mean to you?: Love means knowing that no matter what, you have someone you can trust. You can always count on the person you love and you always feel comfortable around them.