Alexandria Taylor

My name is Alexandria Taylor, I am 17 years old from the Monterey Bay. I am beginning my freshman year at California State University Monterey Bay where I will be majoring Mathematics and minoring in Computer Science.

Unlike the majority of my peers, I was not exposed to technology until my sophomore year of high school, when I was accidently placed in a Regional Occupational Program (ROP) Drafting class, where I was then introduced to the true beauty of technology. During the class, the drafting instructor projected a video about the importance of coding. I had no idea what coding was at the time and after the video ended, I knew it was something that I wanted to pursue. By the end of the year I was trained in using AutoCAD and SketchUp. That summer I began working on code.org, where I learned JavaScript. Since then, I have been ROP certified in Drafting, Computer Business Applications and Multimedia Arts. Through multiple computer science classes, I am also proficient in Javascript, PHP and HTML. Recently, I was given a wonderful opportunity to be a teacher aide at a Coder Dojo class, where I aided in PHP and HTML, and also learned to spot a code error in seconds.

Being the eldest of five children, my mother always told me that I was a role model to my siblings, and to teach them to be their best selves. I encouraged all my siblings, ages 4-15, to take up computers as a hobby. As a result, computer science has become a family matter, with all my siblings becoming proficient in multiple computer languages.

What I love about Computer Science and even Math, is that they are both so beautifully intertwined and there is always something new to learn.