Meet WAVE Advisee Jimmaely Valdez
Jimmaely discovered her passion for tech in high school when she joined the robotics team. She is currently pursuing a degree in Computer Science in New York. Her first WAVE Advisor has taught her to ask for support and the resources you need to succeed are there is you just ask.
Tell me about yourself in tech.
I’m Jimmaely, I’m 20 years old and I started getting into technology in high school. I was a part of my High School robotics team and it inspired me to go into tech even more so I started picking up coding. Then from coding I wanted to pursue Computer Science in college so I started taking a few classes at school and from there I went to an internship where it got me a bit more into Tech. Now I’m in school trying to pursue a Computer Science major.
How’s the tech environment like in New York?
The tech environment can be very encouraging but competitive. There’s definitely a lot of inspiration and creative people out there, but it’s also challenging to find resources to try to pursue tech. That’s why I was very happy that #BUILTBYGIRLS was a thing.
How did you find #BUILTBYGIRLS?
I found out about #BUILTBYGIRLS from a colleague of mine. Through my internship I was able to go to an event that #BUILTBYGIRLS was hosting and from there I applied and I started WAVE which helped enhance my experience with them.
Who were your mentors in WAVE and how has your experience been so far?
My advisor, Ruth, has been very supportive on my tech journey. She invited me to her place of work so I can practice code there and get situated with the environment. Also, there's a sense of support. She helped me assimilate into the tech environment, introduced me to some people, and I got to see where she worked, which was very exciting. In terms of encouragement, she’s been very empowering as an advisor, and I get the motivation to do more stuff in code because I get to see her do it.
What has been your biggest takeaway from your advisor?
One piece of advice from my advisor was that I had to consistently practice. To achieve the goals that I want, I need to have a growth mindset.
A takeaway from the program or at least something I’ve figured out is that you’re not alone on your journey and there are going to be people who are going to support you and share their knowledge; you just have to reach out and take those risks.
What would you tell younger women interested in tech?
Go for it and don’t be intimidated by the aspects of tech—just take the risk and follow through.