Meet WAVE Advisee Linda Garcia
After joining a middle school robotics team, Linda found herself interested in tech. She joined a friend’s gaming community and was the web developer of the site as it expanded. Today, she is exploring more of tech by teaching herself new languages and being part of #BUILTBYGIRLS.
Tell me about yourself.
I am a high school senior with a passion for computer science. I know Python, C++, and am currently learning Java. I love to play video games, draw, and program. I am also the web developer for a gaming community I am the commander of and am starting a company with a friend called The Create Room. The Create Room is a content-sharing platform.
What got you interested in tech?
I started doing C++ a bit in a robotics club I was involved with in middle school. I did not have any tech experiences prior to that. Being part of the club sparked my interest in Computer Science. Ever since then, I knew I wanted to pursue tech.
Tell me more about your WAVE Advisors.
I have been part of WAVE for the past 2 cycles. I have had two Advisors. One is a backend developer at Amazon. The other Advisor is a backend developer for mobile at Patreon. I was able to understand how their teams were structured and how they conducted their work.
How have they helped you navigate the world of tech?
They talked a lot about their roles, which gave me a better picture of what it looks like to be a backend developer. They even gave me resume tips and encouraged me to find internships. One of the biggest takeaways I got from one of my mentors was the importance of making friends in the workplace. She stressed the importance of building a network that you can rely on.
How has #BUILTBYGIRLS shaped your perspective on tech?
I always heard that tech was a place that was predominantly male dominated. I was worried that I would be brushed to the side or my ideas were going to be shut down. However, my fears all went away because my Advisors instilled confidence in me. There’s also a great support system from the #BUILTBYGIRLS community.
I took a course on C++ a couple of months ago with only two other girls, which showed how intimidating it could be being surrounded by boys. But by the time I finished WAVE, I was one of the best programmers in the class.