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I was born in Taipei, Taiwan and moved into the Southern California in 1st grade. Though my official first name is "Yi Ju", I usually go by "Rita". Since I am in "engineering-undeclared", I am interested in exploring the various fields of engineering and computer science. Math and science classes have always been my favorite subjects. Rather unsurprisingly, I am involved in my high school's Math Club and Science Olympiad team as the president for both.


I come from Shanghai, China. My legal name is Yiqiong Xu,but you can simply call me Nancy. I am now in the College of Letters and Science,with my major undeclared. I love travelling and getting to understand different people and their lives. I was once an exchange student at a famous high school in Paris,France and had a wonderful time exploring French culture. I am good at cooking Chinese dishes and hopefully you can have a try!


I have lived in Elk Grove, California for nearly my entire life. I was admitted into Berkeley’s College of Engineering as an EECS major. In high school, I was involved in Mathletes, Science Olympiad, and Art Club. Painting is my favorite pastime and my preferred medium is watercolor. (If Computer Science doesn’t work out for me, I’ll probably become a starving artist.)


I was born and raised in Shenyang, China. My Chinese name is “Huang Shiyun”, but you can simply call my English name, Jane. I plan to be an Economics and Applied Mathematics double major, but I may also add a computer science minor, if possible. I am really into economic theories; mathematical knowledge and computer skills would help me a lot in understanding and analyzing economic problems.


I was born in California, but I've lived in Iowa City, IA since preschool. I was admitted into the College of Letters & Sciences and hope to study computer science because of my interest in graphics and animation. My dream is to work for Pixar or become a Disney Imagineer. I’m obsessed with anything related to design, especially the Adobe Creative Suite. In high school, I designed for our magazine, “West Side Story.”


I was born and raised in the Bay Area my entire life. I was admitted into the College of Letters & Sciences, hoping to do a Computer Science and either a Psychology or Applied Math double major. I love to draw, so you'll probably catch me doodling during a lecture at least once. I am also a huge Nintendo fangirl; if any of you play Super Smash, I'd love to play you. I also play violin and would like to form a geeky quartet playing videogame soundtracks.


Hi! My name is Nina Partha, and I was recently admitted as an EECS major at UC Berkeley. I have always loved math, chem, and physics, and am very excited to expand my borders in these fields in EECS. A little bit about me: I have lived in Fremont, CA my entire life, but I've traveled to various parts of the world. In addition, I love to play the piano, sing, and of course, solve (or attempt to solve) challenging puzzles.


I was born in China and moved to the Bay Area when I was six-years old. I plan on majoring in EECS at the College of Engineering. I have previous programming experience with Java and website design languages. In high school, I played tuba in the band, volunteered a lot, competed in technology competitions, and played a few sports. During my free time, I enjoy watching anime, playing board games, listening to K-pop, and drawing. I have a wide variety of interests and am a total computer nerd, so don’t be afraid to talk to me!


I was born in Baltimore, and grew up in North Carolina, but I moved to the Bay area about a year ago. I currently plan on majoring in Computer Science in the College of Letters & Sciences, but I also am interested in math and linguistics. I am interested in Computer Science because of the computer science classes I have taken. Outside of school, I play tennis and enjoy volunteering, especially tutoring.


I was born in Wuhan, a big city in China. Though my Chinese name is Li Lu, you can just call me Lea. I was admitted to college of Letters&Science. I haven't declared my major yet but I plan to major in applied math in the future because I’m eager to explore more fields. This program is a great opportunity for me to understand some basic knowledge about computer science and I believe I can benefit a lot.


I have lived in Wuhan, China for my entire life. My Chinese name is Beidi, Chen, but you can also call me Betty. I was admitted into college of engineering as an EECS major. Both Math and Physics have been my favorite subjects since I was in junior high. In my spare time, I enjoy doing some physics experiments. Usually the failure of the experiments will just push me to try it again and again until I succeed.


Hi! My name is Emma :D I spent most of my childhood living in different places, such as Los Angeles, Holland, New York, and Texas, but I have lived in San Diego for the past 9 years. I am interested in Computer Science because I love computers and I have been coding since the days of neopets profile pages :). I am a super big nerd and in my free time I love to play video games, watch anime, read, go to conventions, etc, but I also have a very girly side that loves shopping, makeup, and Desperate Housewives.


I was born in Portland, Oregon and I moved to Carlsbad (about thirty minutes north of San Diego) when I was eleven. I am planning on majoring in EECS at Berkeley. I have zero experience with CS, but in my imagination we all become expert hackers! In my free time in high school I raced sailboats and I am thinking about joining the Cal Sailing Team. I've also been playing the piano for a few years, which I really enjoy. I love running, hiking, traveling, and just being outside.


I was born in Singapore. In my entire life thus far, I have been to US once on a holiday but that was many years ago. So I am excited at the prospect of going to Cal to study. Being passionate about Mathematics and Physics, I have been enrolled in the major of Materials Science and Engineering. Besides academics, I enjoy playing the piano and board games.:)


I was born in Seoul, South Korea, but moved to Chapel Hill, NC six years ago. I moved to McLean, VA four years ago due to my father's job and attended Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. I got into UC Berkeley College of Engineering and I am intending to major in Bioengineering. Besides biology, I absolutely love computer science and neuroscience! I'm squeezing in classes for this upcoming semester so I could maybe get a minor in computer science.


I was born in South Korea and moved to the United States at the age of eight. Currently, I live in San Ramon, CA and have lived in the bay area ever since I moved to the US. I will be a bioengineering major this fall at UC Berkeley, but I also hope to focus my studies in other areas such as psychology and sociology. In high school, I played tennis and flute, and volunteered extensively with various organizations.


I was born and brought up in the Bay Area my entire life. I was admitted into the College of Letters & Sciences with a Computer Science major. I have a passion for design and have always loved utilizing my creativity towards my school projects and outside endeavors. My previous experiences include programming with Java, Adobe Photoshop, web designing with Adobe Dreamweaver, 3D modeling and animation with Maya, and 2D motion graphics with Adobe Flash.


Hello everybody, I'm Amy and I am from Mission Viejo, a suburb in Orange County, California. I am an environmental engineering major but I am certainly open to exploring other fields in engineering. I have many interests and hobbies and some might even call me scatter brained. I was a synchronized swimmer for 5 years during high school and although I will not be continuing this at Cal I still love swimming, the beach and anything aquatic.


Hi everyone, I am Rachel from Singapore. I actually hold Malaysian passport but I have been in Singapore since 7th grade, so I consider myself 52% Singaporean, 48% Malaysian. I am currently in College of Engineering as Mechanical Engineering major but I will probably double major or switch major to EECS. At school, I have always enjoyed math and physics classes tremendously. I had experience with computing, but has never taken a computing class, so I really look forward to CS KickStart.


Coming all the way from the other side of the world, I’m Sangeetha – born and raised in Bahrain. I’m an EECS major and have always planned on being one since I was eleven and had taken a liking to the funny-looking triangular brackets when programming in HTML. Besides fiddling around with source codes and creating multi-coloured marquee scrolls, my other loves are Harry Potter, writing, books - especially hardbound ones with cracking spines- , photography, blogging, animals and dogs in particular, the smell of coffee, sunny days and dessert.


Hi everyone! My name is Ashleigh and I'm Filipino-American, born and raised in the Philippines. I attended an international school for thirteen years, and now I'm in the College of Letters and Science as an intended Computer Science major. I've been obsessed with computers and coding from a very young age (Neopets!), and since then it's become my dream to work for a company like Google or Blizzard (I'm a complete World of Warcraft geek). I'm also very interested in artificial intelligence, so it's likely that I'll add a double major in Cognitive Science.


My family calls me "hey you!" but everyone else just calls me "Deirdre" though some people have gotten a lot more creative than that. Although I was born in Manila, Philippines I'm a San Diegan at heart. My love for puzzles and mysteries developed my interests in math while this increasingly digital age has pleasantly pushed me into learning more about computers. As of now, I'm currently in the Letters and Science shooting for Business Administration at Haas but if that doesn't work out I'm planning on advancing my interests in Math.


Hello! I am from Victorville, California. I am excited for Berkeley and the CS kickstart program because it will be an entire different perspective for me since I live in the High Desert. I have a strong passion for anything related to computers. I have taken several computer courses in my high school and community college and it is one subject I can study for life. I have no experience in programming, but I am eager to learn. One of my hobbies include making videos by using Sony Vegas Pro 8.0. My intended major is computer science in the Letters & Sciences College.


I live in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, which is in Los Angeles County. I plan to major in EECS in the College of Engineering. I don’t have any programming experience, so I’m excited to learn something at CS Kickstart. I’m a dancer, and my favorite style is tap, but I have also trained in ballet and jazz.


I was born in Stockton and I moved to San Leandro when I was in second grade. My intended major is molecular and cellular biology but it is still likely to change because I am interested in various subjects. I enjoy watching tv, hanging out with friends, sleeping, reading/writing, listening to music, and making collages. In high school, I was involved in lots of community service clubs. I was also involved in Book Club. I am very dedicated to anything that I set my mind to and will never give up. I am excited to participate in CS Kickstart and am looking forward to meeting all of you!


Hi everyone! I'm Angela and I was born in Gui Zhou, China and raised in Beijing, China. My life so far has involved lots of travelling. Since I was young, I have been moving from places to places within China, and later I went to Singapore and attended school there. In my sophomore year of high school, I moved to Mission Viejo, a suburb in Orange County, California. I am currently a computer science major, but I am interested in studying economics as well. In my leisure time, I enjoy reading novels, listening to music, and playing a variety of percussion instruments.


My name is Lucine Oganesian and I'm from Glendale, California. I am tentatively a bioengineering major at Cal, and I hope to do a lot of research in the future. I am very much interested in neuroscience and am seriously considering learning another language while in college (either Japanese or German). In my free time, I enjoy reading books, watching movies, practicing piano, taking nighttime strolls, and napping. As of now, I have pretty much zero experience in computer programming, but I really would like to learn (hence why I am so excited about CS KickStart).


Hello, my name is Vivian Nguyen and I'm coming from sunny Southern California. I'm not too sure what I'm going to major in yet, so I wanted to give this program a try. In my spare time I read history, browse Reddit, take walks, and ponder about the universe. My guilty pleasure would have to be crocheting. With company, I like to try new foods and learn about new cultures! In high school, I swam and played water polo along with participating in several clubs. I look forward to meeting all of you and sharing wonderful memories.


MSE theater-loving math nerd from Elk Grove, California. I know nothing about computer science but those who do say I'd love it, so I'll give it a go. Making stuff is what I like to do, after all - mostly stuffed animals for my friends, but I'll do anything productive. CS sounds pretty productive to me, anyway. Singing is also a hobby. Maybe try and get used to that. Oh, and I love to run.


Hi! My name is Serena and I'm from Claremont, a small college town near the LA area. I'm an EECS major, but don't have that much programming experience so I thought this would be a chance to find out more and meet some new friends as well! Some of my hobbies include playing piano, tennis, ice skating, reading, baking, and exploring new places. I look forward to meeting you guys at Berkeley (:


I am an international student from Taiwan. Although Taiwan is a leading hardware supplier in the competitive 3C industry, I am more interested in the software and applications of innovative technology products. Maybe I can be a bridge between hardware and software, the East and the West, after sharpening my CS knowledge and skills. Innovation and software is the key value embedded in any hardware product. I believe the KickStart will give me a good start for my university life. As for myself, I play piano and cello, enjoy travelling and reading.


Hi! My name is Robyn, and I was born in Canada, but I later moved to the bay area and have lived here for the past ten years. I'll be in the College of Letters & Sciences this fall and I'm looking into majoring in Computer Science. I've always liked math and it as well as physical sciences have always been my stronger subjects in school. I hope that at CS Kickstart my interests will be expanded as I further explore the field of computer science. Another area I am interested in is learning new languages—I hope to have the chance to study abroad one day!


I was born in Seattle, Washington, but I've lived almost my entire life in Sunnyvale, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley. I plan to major in mechanical engineering because I love math and physics, especially mechanics. I'm also interested in biology, so I hope to focus my career in that direction in the future. In high school, I was involved in marching band, FBLA, and various community service clubs, and I played piano outside of school. In my free time, I'm typically at the library reading new novels or watching Korean dramas with my friends!


I am from San Jose, California and have lived in the Bay Area my entire life. At Cal, I intend to major in Computer Science in the College of Letters and Science but I am also interested in pursuing my interest in the biomedical sciences. Throughout high school, I was actively involved in speech and debate and participated as a Fellow of my school's Math and Science Academy. Academics aside, I enjoy competing in Indian classical and folk dance as well as volunteering. I do not have much CS experience so I look forward to exploring computer science!


Hello! My name is Hnin. I was born and raised in Burma, which is located in Southeast Asia. I moved to Rowland Heights in LA County almost six years ago and have never been out of Southern California since then. At school, I was involved in Red Cross, Math Club, Art Club, and CSF. I am recently very interested in cognitive science with concentration on computational modeling. However, I have absolutely no experience in computer science, so I'm very excited to be part of this program! During my free time, I enjoy listening to music, watching TV series, and eating food!


Hi everyone! I was born in Texas but moved to South Orange County, California in elementary school. I'm an undecided undergraduate in the College of Letters & Sciences looking to double major in sciences and humanities. I have no programming experience, but I'm looking forward to exploring Computer Science and seeing if I like it enough to study it further! In my spare time, I like to read, draw, paint, and play piano.


I've lived in Manhattan Beach, CA since I was five after moving there from Tucson, AZ. I was admitted into the College of Letters and Sciences, where I plan to take a variety of classes in the sciences, math, and art. In high school I played the flute in both wind ensemble and orchestra, and I was on the swim team and in stage crew at our school's auditorium. In my free time I also practice flute, explore the many capabilities of Photoshop, cook random recipes I find on the web, play various video games with friends, and draw.


Hi! My name is Parul. I was born in Texas but I was raised right here in the Bay Area. I'm really excited to participate in CS Kickstart and learn more about the importance of computer science in the modern world. I'm currently an Undeclared Engineering major so hopefully this program will help me solidify my interest in EECS. In my spare time I enjoy playing badminton, reading novels, and watching TV shows like Gossip GIrl, Modern Family, or Community. I'm really excited to come to Cal in the fall hope to make many lasting friendships at CS Kickstart!


I was born and raised only 40 minutes away from campus in San Jose, California. I applied as an MCB major, but plan to switch to either Chemical Engineering or Bioengineering by the start of my 2nd year. My interest in general engineering acted as a phenomenal impact in my decision to apply to CS KickStart. I wanted to explore the different opportunities given by engineering, and found that even in the subject I consider my "home," bioengineering, I still need CS skills to fully grasp the multidisciplinary concepts.


I was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania but largely spent the first three years of my life living with my grandmother in China. I moved back to America when I was six years old and have lived in northern California since. If I had a free afternoon, I'd probably spend it drawing, reading, or watching random TV shows on Netflix. My other passion is traveling and I would like to study abroad for one semester. I currently intend to study Economics but would also like to do some computer science on the side.


Greetings everyone! My name is Katie Zheng and I am from Los Angeles, California. I am interested in learning computer programing because it would be a very useful skill to know and computer science sounds like an exciting field. I was admitted as a Civil and Environmental Engineering major in the College of Engineering. In high school, I played on the varsity tennis team and was involved in Science Olympiad. I am also very interested in French language and culture, architecture, marine biology, and ecology.


My full name is Anne Julliene but I go by Joan. I have an identical twin sister named Jill. I moved to the United States in 2003 from the Philippines. I do not have much experience in computer science, but I have always been interested in expanding my knowledge in the subject. My only experience is from taking an online introductory computer science class. I am thinking about majoring in business, but I want to keep an open mind. I am excited to learn more about computer science!


Hi! I'm Ingrid from Arcadia, California but originally from Taiwan. I am going to enter the College of Letters and Science in the fall and I intend to major in Computer Science. I have never really had much experience with CS but it has always been a fascinating subject to me. One day, I would like to use the inspiration of the seemingly improbably ideas found in science fiction, which I am a fan of, and transform it to reality - except the robots taking over the world part of course.


Hi there! My name is Anne Jilliane, but you can call me Jill. I was born in the Philippines and moved to California when I was 8. I have an identical twin sister, whose name has a two-letter difference from mine. She is also in this program. I am eager to learn, explore, and gain new experiences. Right now, I am considering going into the business field, but I am open and very excited to try new things. I do not know much about computer science, but I am excited to delve into a world that has countless possibilities!


Hey everybody! I'm Mandy and I was born in China and happily immigrated to San Francisco years ago. I will be a Freshman with a tentative Computer Science major in L&S and I'm super excited to become a Cal Bear! My love for computer science has grown a lot in these past few years through different opportunities such as making an Android mobile app prototype and even more through my computer science class where I learned how to program.


Hi everyone! My name's Ilakya and I'm an EECS major! Having never lived outside of a five mile radius from Cupertino, I'd say that my interest in pursuing a career in technology isn't much of a coincidence; I've always been around and fascinated by technology! I come with some technological knowhow (from courses during my first couple years of high school), but certainly hope to build on it during CS Kickstart! Aside from that, I enjoy doodling, reading, gardening, high five-ing, and consuming chocolate. I'm excited to meet you all soon!


I was born and raised in Elk Grove, California my entire life. Currently, I am undeclared in the College of Letters and Science with an interest in computer programming. I'm hoping to explore this field more in depth before declaring a major in CS. In high school, I was involved in Mathletes, MESA, and JNHS. In my free time, I enjoy reading fiction novels, listening to K-pop, and watching romantic comedies. I am incredibly nerdy and I love video games, even though I tend to shriek when monsters appear and attack. I am super excited for Cal and I can't wait to meet you all!


I am from Kenya. I am social and making new friends is part of my hobby. My other hobbies are swimming, reading, cooking, visiting friends, eating, watching movies, listening to gospel rock music (Skillet and Fireflight are my favorite bands), taking nature walks and facebooking* - just to mention a few; the list is long. CS KickStart is a great opportunity for me to develop my programming skills and satisfy my thirst for quality programming.


I come from Los Angeles County, and I'm entering Berkeley as a civil and environmental engineer (but I'm certainly open to change). I love exploring new subjects, which has led to my wide variety of interests. My knowledge of computers and programming is very limited, but I'm eager to learn through CS KickStart. In addition to math and science, I enjoy great food, spending time with family and friends, meeting new people, staying active, volunteering, and just about any artistic endeavor.


Hey fellow CS Kickstarters! My name is Jane and I'm from right here in the Bay Area. Born and raised in San Diego, I moved to the Marin/San Francisco area in 1st grade and have been living here ever since. My intended major is economics/pre-business, but I am open to exploring my other academic interests for a second major or minor. I am also interested in studying languages and I plan on continuing to learn Spanish so that I can study abroad in Spain one day.


At heart, I'm an artist, but I recognize that I have other skills that could be honed in order to become a well-rounded individual; an individual who needs guidance to become both technically advanced as well as creative and thoughtful. In short, I think if I study computer science, I can meld the two fields together to create my own unique experience at Berkeley, and I believe this program can help me take a step in the right direction.

Katelyn Greene

I'm from Santa Barbara, California, and I’m going to be a coming into Berkeley this year as a Bioengineering major. Compsci has always been a curiosity for me- I played around with Lego NXT Mindstorms when I helped mentor a FLL team, I’ve tried a few online programming tutorials, and I took AP Compsci this year for fun because I wanted to learn more. However, I've never really had the chance to fully learn a programming language, and I hope to take as many programming classes as I can to see if I'd like to possibly major/minor in compsci. Some cool things about me: This year, I was on First Robotics Team 1717 and helped design a mechanism that collected Frisbees off the floor for our robot, which was incredibly fun! Also, in my free time, I absolutely love being outdoors - rollerblading, rock climbing, and tennis being just a few of my favorite past times.

Hailey Gordon

Hello fellow Bears! My name is Hailey Gordon, and I am from the lovely town of Bakersfield, CA (about two hours away from LA). Sadly, I have not seen or met any movie stars despite my close proximity to Hollywood. I am more than excited to join the CS Kickstart program so I can meet other students interested in the world of computers! Some things you should know about me: my little brother is one my favorite people in the world, you can always find a camera within a 1 foot radius of me because I absolutely love taking pictures, and I will most likely wilt away if I don't have Rootbeer at least once a day. Aside from being a picky eater(I don't like sweets, yes that includes chocolate) I'm easy to get along with as long as you don't mind my crazy energy! Can't wait to meet you all.

Smitha Milli

Hi! I'm Smitha. I'm from St.Louis, but super excited to be coming to Berkeley as an EECS major! I've always been interested in computer science, particularly web development, and hope to eventually make a place for myself in Silicon Valley. In my free time I read manga, learn korean, draw henna, and geocache. My favorite TV show is Sherlock and some of my favorite bands are Sea Wolf, Snow Patrol, and Muse. I'm looking forward to meeting lots of other awesome CS Kickstarters!

Maura Fitzgerald

I am from Manhattan Beach, California and I will be studying in EECS next fall at Berkeley. I come from a military family and have lived in San Diego, CA, Albany, NY, and Japan. I play the violin, am learning the guitar, love Mumford & Sons, and enjoy going to concerts. I also enjoy both digital and film photography and love to travel to new places to take photos. I'm a lifeguard and swim teacher, and I enjoy running and swimming. I can't wait to enter my freshman year at Berkeley and to start the year with CS KickStart!

Andrea Bugni

I grew up in Estacada, Oregon and am an entering EECS major. I love the STEM fields and have taken AP courses in chemistry, biology, and physics, as well as logic, calculus and university level math. I have also taken a number of classes outside of school in various programming languages and hardware design. In my sophomore year of high school I won the regional National Center for Women and Information Technology Aspirations in Computing award. I participated in my high school and junior high Science Bowl teams and presented a research project about glaciers at an international conference (SCAR) on Antarctica last year. My hobbies include reading and computer gaming.

Meiling Zhai

Hey! I was born in Syracuse, New York but moved around between the US and China for a few years before settling in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where I've been for 13 years. I was admitted to Engineering-Undeclared, but EECS is one of my prospective choices, one of many reasons I joined this program. I've always loved computers since I was a kid, but have little programming experience (just regular high school CS class). I also love music, art (traditional and digital), dance, games, food, and sleep. Can't wait to meet everyone! :)

Jessica Chang

I was born in Sunny SoCal and raised in Claremont. I first got interested in computers in elementary school, by teaching myself CSS and HTML for Neopets =D. From then on I became enamored of anything related to technology. I enjoy hiking, creating graphic designs, playing b-ball, meeting new people, eating, and of course learning to code! I'm pretty sure I'll be majoring in CS but I'm still open to other subject areas. One day I hope to become a speaker for Society of Women Engineers and work for a start-up in the lovely Bay Area!

Amy Shu

Hi! My name is Amy, and I have lived in San Jose my entire life. I'll be in the College of Letters & Sciences this fall, looking into majoring in Computer Science. I am super excited to be attending Cal in the fall! Ever since I attended a video game design program, I have been interested in expanding my knowledge in Computer Science. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, playing tetris, and crocheting. I am also very passionate about dancing and traveling. I am very excited to participate in CS Kickstart and can't wait to meet everyone!

Hannah Huang

Hi I'm Hannah! I'm from Sunnyvale, CA and live with my parents and my border collie Panda. I enjoy playing tennis and rock climbing, especially rock climbing at the moment. I've just gotten into CS this summer and have been trying to learn Python. I like that there are many different ways to get to a common answer, but there is always that one clever way to achieve it, or clever ways... For me, computer science is such a versatile skill that can be useful in every major and I want to understand how to use it with confidence. I will be in the College of Letters and Science this coming fall studying Applied Math with a focus on Computer Science. Well, that's the plan at least :)

Selena Shang

Hi! I'm Selena from Livermore, CA, which is about an hour away from Berkeley. I'm an EECS major, but I've had very limited experience with programming. I'm not sure which route to take within EECS, which a reason that I wanted to be a part of CS KickStart. Nonetheless, I think it is a very rewarding field that inherently fosters creativity and innovation, and I'm excited to learn more about it! I'm also interested in economics and business, and I know that experience in computer programming would be very useful in those fields. In high school, I was very involved in softball and violin. In my spare time, I love to find new music, try new food, watch movies, and travel. Go Bears!

Lois Ho

Hi everyone! My name is Lois Ho and I am from SoCal. I love playing tennis, going to church, and browsing Facebook. I am admitted into the College of Letters and Science and my intended major is computer science. A friend inspired me to study computer science so I am curious and excited to learn. I love being energetic and I can’t wait to meet all of you! :)

Anna Papitto

I was born in Rhode Island, lived in New Mexico, and finally made it to the Bay Area four years ago. I'm interested in all different kinds of science, so I'm not sure what I'll be majoring in yet! I love music and I play violin and piano. I also love animals and volunteer at the San Francisco Zoo.

Tiffanie Lo

Hello everyone, my name is Tiffanie, and I've lived in the Bay Area for all of my school-going life. I'm always looking for something new to learn, and I have no idea what I want to do with my life, so I wanted to give CS a try. When I have free time, I enjoy playing video games, reading, watching Netflix shows, listening to and making music, contemplating the meaning of life, and having adventures. I also hate cucumbers. Looking forward to meeting you all~

Yian (Annie) Cheng

Hello! My name is Annie Cheng and I'm entering Berkeley as an Engineering Undeclared major. My interest in CS started last year while I was at a summer camp when my friends learned how to program and to create their own video games. I was born in Singapore, moved to Canada and lived there for 5 years (no I actually don't end my sentences with eh! Surprising eh?) before moving to Fremont, CA where I currently live. I love to eat food, watch tv, travel, nap, and to take pictures.

Anne-Ting Chen

Hi everyone, I am Anne-Ting from Taipei, Taiwan. I have been moving back and forth between Taiwan and Japan during my childhood. I spent my past four years in Tokyo where I attended an international school. I'm currently undeclared in the College of Letters & Science with an interest in pre-health. But I love to explore new things so I'm certainly open to other fields of study. Although I have very limited knowledge in programming I've always liked math so I look forward to explore and learn about Computer Science, and hopefully this program will help me discover a new interest. In my spare time I love to go running, swimming, do community service, read novels and watch TV shows. I can't wait to meet everyone at CS KickStart!

Angela Lin

Hello! My name is Angela and I was born and raised in a suburb east of downtown Los Angeles named Monterey Park. I will be a Electrical Engineering and Computer Science major in the fall because I love physics and math. I am interested in CS because I enjoy creative problem solving and it has so many wonderful applications! In high school, I was involved in choir (show and classical), Math Club, CSF, NHS, United Sciences, and Student Advocates for Voter Empowerment. In my free time, I like playing board games, reading, cooking, singing, hiking, and taking photos.

Hanna Lee

Hello! I was born in San Diego, California, but I spent five years living in Korea before moving back to SD to attend middle school and high school. At school, I was involved in track and field and I started a new chapter of DECA. I intend to major in either computer science or cognitive science. Originally, I thought I was heading towards the business field until I fell in love with CS in my computer science class just my senior year. My hobby is utilizing the wonders of the Adobe programs to design graphics and layouts, and I spend most of my time interning at a newspaper company and being the art director of a magazine. I hope to explore the fields of computer graphics, UI design, and human-computer interaction in more depth. I am so excited for August to come around!

Meg Holtzinger

Hi! I’m Meg and I live in Redmond, Washington. I currently plan on majoring in Computer Science in the College of Letters and Science, but I’m interested in exploring other fields at Berkeley as well! I don’t have much CS experience, but I enjoy making videos with Adobe software and photoshopping my friends with celebrities :) . I also enjoy wake surfing, playing piano and flute, and teaching tennis to little kids. I’m excited to meet you all at Berkeley!

Christine Wang

Hello, world! I’m from Los Altos, a cute and inexplicably sidewalk-less town about an hour southwest of Berkeley. I’m majoring in EECS in the College of Engineering this fall. I don’t have much programming experience, but I look forward to exploring the amazing possibilities of computers at CS KickStart so I can someday help design the next “game-changing” machines that revolutionize the way we think and live. I love baking, running, eating Nutella and Sriracha sauce (not at the same time!), balancing stuff on my head, and caterpillars, who are incredibly wise. I look forward to meeting all of you this August!

Sidney Aviles Dimova

I have lived in the SF Bay Area all my life and could not be happier to continue living in such an amazing and cultured environment for the next four years. I plan to major in Applied Mathematics at Cal, but I recently became very interested in Computer Science after one of my best friends introduced me to the world of programming. While at UC Berkeley, I also hope that I can continue dancing. Ballet has been a passion of mine for 13 years and I almost declined college to pursue a professional career in dance. Yet after meeting some truly intelligent and enthusiastic people at UC Berkeley I knew that this is where I wanted to be. Hopefully the knowledge I gain through the Kickstart program will help me succeed in my CS classes at Cal and potentially lead me to become a CS major!

Alanna Tran

Hello! My name is Alanna and I come from Milpitas, CA, which is between San Jose and Fremont in the South Bay. I am an incoming EECS major with no programming experience at all, but I would love to learn about computer science through CS Kickstart! Although I enjoy math and the physical sciences a lot, I also have a deep passion for history, centered more on U.S. History. My hobbies include reading almost anything, painting with acrylic paint, watching TV and movies, and spending time with my younger brother. In high school, the activity I enjoyed the most was tutoring people in math. It is something that I plan to continue doing up at Cal! I look forward to having a great time at CS Kickstart and meeting other Cal Bears!

Allison Yee

Hi! I'm Allison Yee from Chino Hills, born and raised in Southern California. I'm planning to major in Computer Science in the College of Letters and Sciences at Cal. In high school, I was heavily involved in FBLA and the Photography Club. I love anything related to technology and aesthetics, including all types of design and fashion. You can always catch me poring through blog updates on my RSS feed, escaping into a novel, or watching something on Netflix. I've also had fun playing around with CSS and making blog-type layouts, but I haven't really programmed - so I'm extremely glad and excited to be a part of CS KickStart!

Amanda Chow

Hey everyone! I’m Amanda and I’m from North Reading, Massachusetts, a tiny little town north of Boston. I’ve spent my entire life in the North Reading but I’ve always wanted to move to California, so I’m really excited to attend UC Berkeley. I will be in the College of Letters & Sciences as an intended computer science major this fall. I don’t have much programming experience besides an introductory programming class I took in high school last year, but math has always been my favorite subject so hopefully that’s a start. And as for a little bit more about myself, I love music, coffee mugs, exploring new places, painting birdhouses, otters, dorky jokes, and playing tennis. I’m so appreciative of the opportunity that this program presents and I’m really excited to join the CS KickStart team!

Nava Zokaei

I was born and raised in Iran but went to high school in Dubai. Ever since I was 13 I was fascinated by different areas of computer science especially artificial intelligence, because in Computer Science there is always room for growth. There is no limit to what you can do and where you can get to and that is what captured my interest. I am never able to put down a programming problem until I find the solution to it. Although computer science is the source of my fascination, I have many diverse interests. I began playing the piano at the age of 7.I play sports such as badminton and swimming from quite early in my life. One of my favorite hobbies is watching movies from different genres and different countries. I love meeting people from new countries and cultures so this program is a great opportunity for me to pursue my passion and meet people who share this passion with me.

Tanya Krishnakumar

Hello, my name is Tanya and I am an upcoming EECS major. In high school, I was an active part of my school's orchestra and badminton team. I also sang Indian Classical Music, was part of an exchange program through which I went to Japan, and taught math in Kumon. I have always been interested in computers, so I decided to enter this field, but I ultimately hope to be a woman pioneer in the tech industry. Through this program, I hope to meet other CS/EECS majors and form a bond that will last my college years and more.

Lorraina Hernandez

Hey! I'm Lorraina but everyone calls me Rainy, I'm from a little cow town in the valley and am going to study Computer Science. I'm super excited to get involved in the LGBT community and to meet new people in college. Go Bears!

Daniela Lopez

I come from Los Angeles, where the weather is almost always perfect. I was admitted into the College of Letters & Sciences as an Undeclared major but I am considering a major in Economics with a minor in Computer Science. Although I have no experience in CS, I am very much excited about this program. I love going out with friends and hope to meet many new ones at this program. A few other hobbies include reading, watching drama TV shows, and eating!

Irene Lee

Hello everyone. My name is Irene and I am from South Korea. I was admitted to L&S undeclared(pre-haas) but now hope to major in computer science or/and applied mathematics. I don't have any programming experience except that I am taking a course over the summer. I also love playing instruments especially piano. Oh I also love shopping. I look forward to meeting everyone and learning more about the community!

Natasha Shams

I was born and raised in Texas, but I'm so excited to be a Cal bear in the fall! I enjoy playing around with any kind of programming/technology, so I think the CS major is perfect for me. I also love playing ultimate frisbee and volleyball with my friends. Go Bears! :)

Rachel Li

Three truths and a lie: I can have eccentric tastes and a wicked and sideways sense of humor. I enjoy the humanities and sciences alike, and look forward to wandering the gamut in the College of Letters and Sciences. I have dabbled in the area of computer science before, but CS Kickstart will be the first time I’ve actually taken a class. I’m a woman of many mysteries.

Rachel Zhang

Hey I'm Rachel Zhang! I've lived in Santa Cruz, CA all my life. If you guessed I'm openminded and say "dude", you're right. I love meeting new people and having interesting discussions so feel free to chat any time! I'll be an Engineering Physics major--if you know any other freshmen women in this major, please let me know (too much testosterone now...)! Other than copying and pasting code for an Arduino project in school, this will be my only CS experience so far, but I'm definitely excited! I love music, movies, tennis, leisurely hikes, and amusement parks. Somethings cool about me..hmmm...well this is kind of nerdy but I create really quirky mnemonic devices and love constitutional law (go Mock Trial pre-trial!). Can't wait to meet all of you :D

Moira Peckham

Hi! I'm from a small coastal town in central California called Morro Bay. I really dig gardening (puns), music, and creating art. My favorite bands are Angels & Airwaves, the Gorillaz, and Vampire Weekend. I love science fiction and watching films. Any film. I will watch it. I'm looking into CS because I know how versatile it is. My interests are incredibly broad so I wanted to explore a subject that could potentially flow into all of the things I'm curious about, things which include space, the environment, filmmaking, art, and biology. I also absolutely love to travel (my favorite two places that I have ever been are Scotland and the Galapagos). Can't wait to be a Bear!

Jenna Huang

Hi everyone! My name is Jenna and I'm from Sacramento. I'm super excited to be attending CS Kickstart and meeting other girls interested in the field of computer science especially at my number one dream school, UC Berkeley! At first I was scared of going into computer science because of my lack of experience in programming, but I knew that my interest in software engineering should overcome my fear. Some little things about me are that I'm very social. My favorite color is mint and my favorite TV shows are The Office, Parks and Rec, Greek, and Modern Family. I love to play volleyball and occasionally tennis, and I'm planning on starting yoga once I get to college. One interesting thing about me is probably that I have the biggest appetite known to mankind, which is a blessing and a curse. All in all, I am so excited to start off my college experience with a program like CS Kickstart!

Morgan Ewing

Hello! I'm from the Monterey, CA area and I'm very excited to be attending Berkeley next year as a possible Computer Science and Theater major in the College of Letters & Sciences. Although I have limited experience with computer science, I hope to find new interests through this program. I love theater, vocal music, and filmmaking and my favorite TV shows are The Office, Parks and Recreation, and Orange Is the New Black. Can't wait to meet you all!

Sreesha Venkat

Hi! I'm Sreesha and I'm from New Providence, NJ. This fall I'll be entering the College of Letters & Sciences as an intended Computer Science major. I've lived in New Jersey my entire life, so moving across the country to California is going to be a big change, but I'm excited to see what opportunities it brings. Being part of CS Kickstart should make the transition a little easier though, especially because it'll give me the chance to meet other students before the school year starts!

Jamie Ni

Hi! I'm Jamie Ni and I'm from SoCal! I will be majoring in Computer Science in the College of Letters and Science. I am extremely excited to attend Cal this fall. GO BEARS! I have always been interested in technology, especially the software side of it, so I thought that CS is a great major for me. I love listening to music, especially alternative, rock pop, and pop. A few of my favorites are The Script, Bastille, ATL, Sara Bareilles, and so much more! I'm really excited to meet all of you this fall!

Nicki Peternel

Hey everyone! I'm an EECS major from Morgan Hill, CA, which is just south of San Jose. I enjoy playing softball, watching Netflix, listening to music (anything from Ed Sheeran to twenty one pilots to The Strokes) and going to Giants games! I've always been interested in computer science but never had the opportunity to learn more about it, which makes all of this so much more exciting. I'm really looking forward to meeting new people and experiencing all Berkeley has to offer!

Sabrina Fathi

Hi! My name is Sabrina Fathi, and I'm from Casablanca, Morocco. I spent my senior year studying abroad in Massachusetts, and I cannot express how excited I am to be spending the next four years far from New England snowstorms. As you can tell, I'm not a winter person, and coming from a country where the Mediterranean climate keeps you warm all year round, I've always indulged in outdoor activities such as paddle boarding, horseback riding (You can always find me riding at the barn near my house), and playing tennis. I'm really interested in CS because I truly find it fascinating, and I see myself always pushing the limits of technology when I've graduated. I'm pretty much glued to my computer half the time, programming a bit, and watching one of the many, many TV shows I'm addicted to.

Jennifer Be

Hello! I’m from Santa Clarita, a suburb north of Los Angeles. I’m an intended Computer Science and Psychology major. Computers and the Internet helped me branch out from a shy and timid child, and I hope my contributions to computer science aid in inspiring a new generation of children. In addition, I love that the field is versatile and that I can incorporate it with my interests, which include psychology, baking, community service and design. I also enjoy exploring, ice skating, being environmentally friendly, and watching documentaries! I look forward to getting to know about everyone’s goals and ambitions, and to participate in this wonderful program!

Alice Wang

Hey guys, I'm Alice from the beautiful Monterey Bay, California. I'm aiming for an L&S CS major but I don't have much experience in computers or coding except for a few self-learning attempts and HTML/CSS from Tumblr so I'm thankful for any help I get! I enjoy math/logic problem solving and hopefully computer science will be a possible future career. Some things about me? I love animals, especially cats, I got 2 of them at home. I am an avid listener of all genres of music from Kpop to alternative rock. I love playing video games.. like League of Legends and watching anime.. shamelessly it almost becomes a lifestyle. When I'm not glued to the computer screen, I play piano for fun or go for a run or swim. I am really excited to attend Cal and meet all of you this Fall!

Dipsikha Halder

I'm from Cupertino, California (Yup, Apple Headquarters) and hope to major in Computer Science or Applied Mathematics at Cal. Although I’ve been painting for as long as I can remember, I recently started playing around with 3-D modeling and graphics softwares such as Autodesk Maya and Blender. Seeing their applications intersect with what I’ve learned in calculus, physics, and Java first sparked my interest in computer science, especially computer graphics. I also play the violin, am a big fan of Thai food, and love climbing onto my roof to look at stars. I'm so excited to start my freshman year with CS Kickstart—I've heard lots of great things about the program and can't wait to meet everyone!

Sophia Zheng

I am from Santa Barbara, a small beach town on the California coast, and will be attending Berkeley as an Electrical Engineering and Computer Science major. EECS is such a new field and I am excited by the possibilities of where it could go. I have been playing piano since I was four, so it’s safe to say music has been a huge part of my life, whether it be classical music (my favorite period is the Romantic Period) or modern music (Vampire Weekend, AWOLNATION, and Lily Allen are some of my favorite artists). In high school, I became engrossed in mock trial, and I hope to continue mock trial at Berkeley. I love rollercoasters, frozen yogurt, and going to the beach.

Saloni Shah

Hi there! I'm Saloni! I was born and raised in the Bay Area, so naturally, my proximity to Silicon Valley has exposed me to technology at a young age. I'm excited to major in Computer Science because of the endless possibilities the field has to offer. I have some experience with programming, but nothing too advanced. I'm looking forward to CS KickStart, meeting fellow bears and expanding my CS knowledge.

Divine Velasquez

Well, my name is Divine Velasquez. I am from Garfield High School, which is located in East Los Angeles. I am not the most outgoing person, but I do enjoy having long, random conversations about anything that is NOT politics. My hobbies include playing volleyball, drinking an exaggerating amount of water, making witty remarks, drawing, napping, and spending an unacceptable amount of time on the computer browsing the web and watching random cat videos on YouTube. As far as my CS background, I don’t have one, but I am eager to start my CS journey with CS Kickstart! ?

Elaine Zhao

Hi everyone! My name is Elaine and I’m from Mountain View, California. You’ll often find me coming up with (semi-bad) puns, watching Ellen videos on YouTube, and racing in Mario Kart as the coolest driver Yoshi. I’ve been doing Chinese dance since first grade and hope to continue dancing in college (for fun). Regarding academics, I’ll be in UC Berkeley’s College of Letters & Science, where I’m excited to learn new things. Recently I’ve become particularly interested in Computer Science, as it seems to offer endless possibilities for creating things that help our world or are just awesome. I don’t have much Computer Science experience, so hopefully I can learn more about the field and develop some programming skills at CS KickStart. Overall, I’m excited to attend the program and look forward to meeting you all! Go Bears!

Quinn Tran

Hey, everyone! I'm Quinn, from Westminster, California, near Huntington Beach. I'm interested in computer science because I've grown up with a passion for building structures and would love to do the same in a possible career. Also, I like to play video games. I've only started coding senior year in Java and fell in love with it as soon as my programs didn't work. My hobbies include swimming, watching tv, fashion and cosplay. I've cosplayed Nightingale from Skyrim, Yuna from Final Fantasy X, and a wizard from Diablo III (currently). My favorite tv shows are Hannibal, Supernatural, and Parks and Recreation. I'm excited to meet everyone!

Maisha Kabir

Born in the Bay Area, raised in drizzly Washington. My interest in technology started young, but has only developed recently through classes in Java and cryptography. In 2012, I participated in a summer cryptography program at Stanford University. There, I had my first brush with proofs and coding. I walked out of the program knowing that I needed to learn Java or Python ASAP. In these coming years, I hope to study Applied Mathematics and/or Computer Science. I spend my free time sketching portraits, fangirling over Harry Potter, and fighting oppressive social structures.

Allyson O'Malley

I'm Allyson O'Malley and although I was born in California, I spent the majority of my life moving around because of my Dad's work. First Connecticut, then Australia, then DC, Kentucky, Spain and finally back to Newport Beach. In my spare time I enjoy surfing, learning foreign languages, and going to concerts. I have had an interest in computers and programming since I was little and have always hoped that I would attend UC Berkeley one day! I am so excited to experience CS Kickstart, meet new people with similar interests, and major in CS in L&S!

Jessica Kwon

Greetings from Valencia, California! I'm a future L&S student looking to couple a major in Computer Science with possibly a minor in the Practice of Art. I don't have much experience with programming, but ever since job shadowing at Disney Animation Studios, I've been fascinated with computer graphics and animation. My dream is to return to the studio one day and work there myself. You can find me singing with guitar on hand, binge watching movies, making art, looking for a caffeine fix, or exploring niches and new places in an attempt satisfy my chronic wanderlust. I like turtles and look forward to meeting you all. GO BEARS!

Tina Zheng

Hi everyone! I'm Tina from Southern California. I'm currently undecided in the College of Letters and Science, but I'm interested in pursuing a major in computer science or economics. I have pretty limited programming experience, but I'm excited to learn from CS Kickstart and from my time at Berkeley! In my free time, I like to hike, collect stationery, and watch Grey's Anatomy. I'm looking forward to meeting all of you! :-)

Katharine Sen

RAWR Cal bears! I am Katharine, greeting you from Oakland, California (few minutes drive away from Berkeley)! I am interested in applied mathematics, architecture, politics, and environmental protection, which is no wonder I can't decide on a major. Now I am about to add computer science to the list. I have no experience with computer programming, but I am psyched to participate in CS KickStart. I use Google and my phone apps everyday without understanding how they were created. I want to understand programming and computers overall through CS KickStart. I love to read manga, watch criminal shows and cartoons, listen to dubstep, doodle, bake sweets, and eat. Fun Fact: I'm a leap year baby! Can't wait to meet you fellow bears! :D

Nancy Chang

Hi! My name is Nancy Chang and I'm from Cupertino, California. Yes, "hella" does occasionally appear in my vocabulary, and I have a crazy obsession with pearl milk tea and dogs. I just recently became interested in CS because I realized how much bigger the world becomes when you have access to computer knowledge. I'm planning to major in Computer Science in the College of Letters and Sciences. Along with the many hours of studying Berkeley will surely require, in my free time, I plan on continuing my passion for bhangra, a Punjabi folk dance, playing badminton, sewing and fashion design. Something interesting about me, I guess, is that I'm exactly 5 ft tall, so I like to wear really high heels to make up for my height! The only experience I have with CS is the few lessons I took on so I'm looking forward to everything the CS Kickstart program has to offer!

Chrystabelle Ramirez

Hello everyone! My name is Chrystabelle Ramirez and I am from the Palm Springs area. This fall I have intended to double major in Computer Science and Spanish Literature. I love to dance and go out on adventures, whether its hiking and exploring or trying a new restaurant I love experiencing new things! I have no programming experience but I am eager to learn and meet people with a commom interest!

Grace Lightner

Hey everyone! I'm Grace, from Mill Valley in the SF Bay Area, and I'm an incoming EECS major. I'm interested in CS because I love creative problem-solving, math, and physics, but apart from the odd HTML editing for tumblr themes I have very little programming experience. I love drawing, both with a pencil and digitally through Photoshop, and I tend to doodle on things that aren't supposed to be drawn on. I also like reading (basically anything, but I love sci-fi/fantasy), Netflix, Comic-con, Tegan and Sara, and run-on sentences. Looking forward to meeting you all :)

Kathleen Gomez

I am excited beyond words to be able to be awarded this incredible opportunity. Coming from San Gabriel in SoCal, my main interests were in the arts and languages, right until I took one Web Programing class that ignited my interest in CS. It wasn't until now however that I have really gotten the chance to pursue that interest. As the first in my family to go to college its difficult to take a deep breath and plunge into fields that for one, I haven't had much experience in, but mainly, don't quite resonate as they aren't predominately women or much less hispanic. I hope at CS Kickstart I will find that solidifying realization that CS is definitely for me and that I will build a foundation that will keep me a strong CS contender in my years at Cal.

Elena Herbold

Lived in sunny San Diego all my life, so I can't wait for the Berkeley weather! I'm an EECS major, but I love the arts as well - I play violin with a number of groups, and hope to become fluent in another language and study abroad my junior year. In fact, I'll be in Japan until the 21st of July! I'm also a cat person, so if any of you want to hit up a San Francisco Cat Cafe, you know who to call.

Judith Syau

Hi! I’m Judith from San Jose, California. I grew up in Portland, Oregon and I moved to the Bay Area a few years ago. I’m an incoming EECS major without much programming experience, but computer science fascinates me because of its applications to graphics and design. I also have an affinity for foreign languages and I hope to explore linguistics during college. In my free time, I enjoy long distance running and arts and crafts. Sewing is one of my biggest passions and I like to refashion and design my own clothes. I look forward to meeting you all!

Tracy Chen

Hi! I'm Tracy. I'm from Fremont, California and I am an EECS major. I became interested in computer science after I attended a video game design summer program four years ago. Although my experience in programming is very limited, I am excited to be explore my interests through kickstart and learn more about the field of computer science! In my spare time, I like to visit new places and try out new restaurants. I also love to sing, travel, and meet new people. I look forward to meeting everyone this fall!

Jenny Li

Hi! I'm Jenny and I hail from sunny San Diego, California. I'm beyond excited to enter Cal this fall as an EECS major as I've always been enamored with technology and how it impacts our society. With the endless possibilities that come with computer science, I hope to continue expanding my programming knowledge and build some awesome projects. Currently, I'm especially interested in augmented reality devices like Google Glass and their effect on the way we interact with each other and the world around us. In addition to communicating in the language of computers, I also love writing and storytelling in all forms of media, from music to graphic design to film. I'm eager to explore the artistic as well as the technical side of CS and can't wait to see what Cal has to offer. Go Bears!

Ivette Flores

Hi, my name is Ivette Flores and I come from a small school in Inglewood, California. I've lived in Southern California my whole life and have an aversion to the cold. I'm not 100% on my major, but I'm leaning very strongly towards CS. My hobbies include watching Teen Wolf, spending way too much time on tumblr, reading, and playing tennis.

Melody Valdez

Hello everyone! My name is Melody, and I am from San Jose, CA. I have always considered myself a STEM girl ever since I started playing Internet games (e.g. Club Penguin and Neopets) when I was little. From then on, I continued to develop my interests in math and technology throughout middle and high school. During senior year, I took an introductory computer science class, which sparked my interest in programming and designing software. Although I only have limited experience with HTML/CSS and JavaScript, I can’t wait to expand my CS knowledge at UC Berkeley, starting with CS KickStart. Outside of STEM, I was very active in Key Club, a community service organization, and I would love to continue volunteering throughout college. I also live up to my name, since I enjoy playing piano and participating in my church’s youth choir.

Revati Kapshikar

Hi everyone! I'm from Fremont, California, and I’m going to be a coming into Berkeley this year as a EECS major. I don’t have much programming experience but I’ve always thought that computer science would be an introduction into an exciting and abstract way of reasoning. In high school, I’ve been actively involved in Speech and Debate and DECA, which is a business and marketing club. I’m interested in public policy as well, especially the intersection of government and science as it pertains to national security. At Berkeley, I hope to join the Ultimate Frisbee team and audition for the Mock Trial team. Some of my favorite TV shows include Psych, The West Wing, and House of Cards. I’m incredibly excited to be starting off my Berkeley experience with KickStart!

Deborah Yang

Hi! My name is Deborah, and I’m from the San Francisco Bay Area. I will be in the College of Letters & Science this fall, where I plan to major in Cognitive Science, and possibly double major in Computer Science. Computer science interests me because of its versatility—how it can be used in so many different fields. I hope that by gaining computer science skills I will have the ability to work in and explore many different subjects and disciplines. My other interests include reading (especially novels, manga, and news articles), human geography, learning new languages, playing piano, singing, watching movies (particularly espionage movies), and cooking. I’m really excited for CS Kickstart and UC Berkeley, and I look forward to meeting everyone!

Mavey Ma

Mavey (MAY-vee), 17 years old. Born within San Jose, raised by San Francisco, China, New Zealand, Oakland, San Leandro, Salinas, and now expanding my horizons at Berkeley. Some life goals include making Computer Psychology a “real” major, joining the Google team, and studying abroad in outer space. Would you believe me if I told you I was more excited when I learned about CS Kickstart than I was when I received my UC Berkeley acceptance letter? Computer science is like martial arts and poetry; self-defense and self-expression. I feel like a superhero in training to save the world, acquiring the ability to defend myself and others in the technological universe. I think my fondness of poetry enhances my curiosity for coding. They are cousins in writing, requiring muse, creativity, and overcoming writer’s block. As a wordsmith of both worlds, it makes me happy to practice an art form I enjoy.

Karen Lu

Hello, my name is Karen. I'm from Bakersfield, CA. I am EECS major with some interest in double majoring applied mathematics. I am intrigued by computer science because I believe how computer works somehow correlates to how the world works. Plus I like the title "Hacker" (not I want to be involved in privacy infiltrating, Hacker just sound cool). I read more about computer history than work on programming. I play video games, watch cartoons/anime (Avatar TLA,FMA Brotherhood...), and I am a big fan of Chinese history/Wuxia Universe.

Angelica Delzompo

Hello lovely people! I am from a not so far off land called Murrieta, which is right in between San Diego and Los Angeles in SoCal. Currently I am in the College of Engineering, but I am undeclared so I am hoping CS Kickstart will provide me with some clarity. I also have no programming experience whatsoever, but I am ready to jump in head first. Some of my favorite things are cookie dough ice cream, long walks on the beach, and Led Zeppelin. I also play alto saxophone and have an undying love for Mock Trial. For now, I am just stoked to meet you all! Go Bears!

Jenny Guo

Since we can’t go through wormholes or black holes just yet, let’s build the future the realistic way, code by code. Excuse me, I’m “a little” obsessed with cosmology that kind of stuff: time travel, higher dimension, and multi-universe… Besides being a cosmo-worm, I also love dancing. Mainly ballet, but I also like hip-hop, jazz, and ballroom. I believe that the road to the future is paved by CS, that’s how important CS is. I might look quiet, but you can tell me if that’s how I really am once you get to know me.

Azucena Castro

Hello, my name is Azucena Castro, and I am from Compton in SoCal. My major is EECS. My experience in programming is limited, but I am excited to find my interests and learn more about the computer science field through CS Kickstart. I enjoy reading, listening to music, meeting new people, and volunteering in my community. I look forward to meeting all of you!

Joan Zhu

I was born and raised in the Bay Area and I'm so excited to spend the next four years here at Berkeley! I'm looking into a computer science major, especially for mobile app and web development. Ever since I was little, I've loved to read and write. I enjoy music and I love to hang out and walk around downtown. I can't wait to meet everyone!

Natalia Layson

Hi, I'm Natalia and I've lived in the Bay Area my whole life. That doesn't mean I enjoy perpetually staying in one place, though. My love of traveling has placed visiting all the wonders of the world near the top of my bucket list, right under mastering the E chord on the ukulele. I'm always down to try new things, so I'm excited for all the experiences Berkeley has to offer!

Savannah Longoria

My name is Savannah Longoria. I am from the central valley and live 30 minutes away from Fresno. For the past 3 years I've worked as a lifeguard and youth camp instructor. Throughout high school I participated in Swimming and Cross Country. I love to hike and be active! I am interested in computer science because I love math and being creative. What I like most about CS is that with CS skills I will have unlimited opportunities in the future.

Rosemarie De La Melena

My name is Rosemarie De La Melena! I am from am small city in SoCal. I have a twin sister who is also attending UC Berkeley in the fall, but she will be an MCB major. I got interested in CS by myself, no one I know does anything like it. I've always been interested in computers and how they work, are programmed, etc. I like to paint, apart from that my favorite TV show is Grey's Anatomy and my favorite thing ever is sweet tea!

Angela Kwon

Hi! My name is Angela Kwon and I'm from LA. Some of my hobbies include hip hop dance, singing, and listening to music. Although I've always been a SoCal girl, I love the bay area and I'm excited to be at Berkeley this fall as a CS major! Thanks to Girls Who Code, I was inspired to pursue a future in this field. I hope to meet all the other program participants, build enduring bonds, and have an awesome time coding - which is usually what happens. :D

Anais Miller

Hello! I'm from Los Angeles, California and I am interested in majoring in Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, and/or Statistics. I have very little experience in CS, but I am very intrigued by the creativity and possibilities involved. In my free time, I enjoy baking, sewing, shopping, or going to the beach. I also love traveling and exploring new cities by foot. I am looking forward to this program and becoming a Cal Bear!!!

Jennie Chen

Hi! I'm from San Jose, California, and I'm going to be in the College of Letters & Sciences this fall as an intended statistics major. I don't have a lot of programming experience, but I'm very excited about having the chance to explore Computer Science through this program! In my free time, I like to listen to music, play the violin, play badminton, and read. I can't wait to meet you all!

Alicia Kim

Hello! I'm Alicia, currently residing in San Jose, California - just a hop, skip and a BART ride away from Berkeley. I'm an undecided major in the College of Letters and Science, but recently became interested in Computer Science during my last year of high school. In my freetime, I love hiking with my goldendoodle puppy, baking with and for my friends, and reading books with a warm cup of coffee in hand. Looking forward to meeting you all come this August!

Jamie Delbick

Hi! I'm Jamie Delbick and I'm from So Cal. Although I have barely any experience with computer science, I'm super excited to attend the CS KickStart program to explore my interest in the field. I'm undecided about my major at Berkeley, but I'm considering computer science, applied math, and/or cognitive science. In my free time, I like to eat good food, play soccer, go for a run, hike with friends, and listen to music. My favorite foods are bread and cheese and some of my favorite musical groups are Arctic Monkeys, Two Door Cinema Club, and Bright Eyes. I can't wait to meet everyone!

Irani Mendez Velazquez

Hi, I am from Los Angeles and I was originally from Mexico. Two things I love food and sleep but I also love taking adventures out in the world. In other words, I can be both really lazy or really active. I was interested in CS because I love using computers and all the little things it is made up of or what it's functions can develop. I also wanted to meet new people. People who may be doing what I will be doing. Programming. Plus I'm taking advantage of the opportunities thrown at me. If life give you lemons, make orange juice and leave the world wondering how you did it.

Anita Rani

Hello everyone! My name is Anita and I'm from Pittsburg, California, which is actually less than an hour away from Berkeley. I've always been interested in the tech field, however, I haven't been able to fully pursue my interests due to the limited opportunities that my high school offered. Currently, I'm undeclared in the College of Letters and Science but I am hoping to major in Computer Science. Some of my hobbies include listening to music, watching movies, and visiting new places. I'm really excited to begin my journey as a student at Cal and make the most out of these four years!

Allyson Koo

Hi! I'm Allyson Koo, and I'm from San Ramon, CA. I've lived in the Bay Area my whole life, and I'm a third generation Bear so I'm definitely excited to attend Cal! I'm an intended Computer Science major in the College of Letters and Science. Some things about me are that I love to read, I've played piano since I was in kindergarten and flute in school bands since I was in fifth grade (but mostly just for fun – music has never really been my forte), and I'm really good at making terrible puns. Ever since I was a little kid, technology has always fascinated me, and I can't wait to learn more about Computer Science through both CS Kickstart and UC Berkeley!

Isabelle Townley-Smith

Hi! I'm from Orange County, California, and I'll be entering the College of Letters and Science this fall as an intended CS major. I actually went to an arts high school, but I want to get involved in CS so I can work on technology integration in education. My hobbies include drawing, reading, playing volleyball, and video games. I have two guinea pigs, and their names are Chester and Percy (they are chubby and needy but adorable). In terms of CS experience, I have only what I've taught myself from codecademy lessons, but I'm looking forward to getting more immersed in coding through CS Kickstart. I can't wait to begin the program! =)

Rasika Sudharshan

My name is Rasika Sudharshan and I was born and brought up in Fremont, CA and recently graduated from American High School. For the last 13 years, I have been learning Western Classical piano, Indian classical singing, and Indian classical dance. I am currently a first degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and mixed martial arts. I am interested in pursuing computer science and applying this skill to the field of medicine which has intrigued me since my early childhood. I want to engage in bioinformatics-related research in the field of genetics and genomics which I believe will contribute to many medical advancements in the near future.

Vivian Fang

Hi everyone! I come from Mililani, Hawaii, a town that's 2,400 miles away from Berkeley and I'm an EECS major. I've been engrossed in computers ever since the days of Neopets and Windows XP (Microsoft 3D Pinball!!), so I'm thrilled to be able to continue working in this area. I'm really excited about spending some time at college before actually starting the semester. There's so much to explore! In my free time, I like to watch Law & Order (old lady alert), cook, hunt down boba drinks, and go the Internet. I have an unhealthy obsession with potatoes, simply because they are so versatile, starchy, and tasty. I can't wait to meet everyone; I hope you all love potatoes too!

Jessica Cherny

Hello Bears! My name is Jessica, and I'm from San Mateo, CA (about 45 minutes away from Berkeley). I plan on majoring in L&S computer science. After taking APCS and fiddling with some code in robotics, I was captivated by what computer science has the capability of doing. Now I want to dive deeper into CS at Cal! Outside of CS, I love to listen to music, volunteer, watch Harry Potter marathons, eat lots of yummy food, go to art/history museums, read articles and books on feminism, explore new places, and binge on Wikipedia! I can't wait to meet all of my fellow CS KickStart sisters and form lasting bonds with them throughout my time at Berkeley and beyond!

Emma Chiu

Hi everyone! I'm Emma from Modesto, California, where the majority of the world's almonds are grown. I was born in Taiwan but immigrated to the U.S. when I was six. I'm an incoming EECS major with very little experience in programming! I do know four languages, but none of which are programming languages so I am super excited to be learning all about computer science in CS KickStart! Most of the time, you will find me baking in the kitchen or volunteering in the community. If I'm not doing either of those things, I will be playing tennis, playing board games with my friends, or relaxing with TV shows or a novel. I love getting to know new people so please feel free to talk to me! I cannot wait to meet you guys!

Megan Kristovich

Hi! I'm Megan, and I'm from Livermore, California. I am extremely excited to major in EECS at UC Berkeley! I have had some programming experience from classes at school, but I would like to learn more about how computers work and different applications of computer science. I love how computer science can be intertwined with many other fields, as I am passionate about learning almost any subject. During my junior and senior years, I was the president of a robotics club. While in high school, I was also involved in track and field, band, and a few other clubs. My hobbies and interests include reading, playing the piano, solving Sudoku puzzles, and traveling. My favorite destination so far has been Alaska!

Subhiksha Mani

Hi! I'm Subhiksha and I'm from a little city in the Bay Area called Hercules. I'm interested in a fusion of biology and CS and because of this, I'm enrolled in the College of Letters and Science so I can explore both fields. Besides a few lessons on Codecademy, I have very minimal programming knowledge. Hopefully entering KickStart will provide me with a network of enthusiastic individuals and a strong foundation in computer science that I can build upon throughout my time at Berkeley. During high school, I was greatly involved in UNICEF, badminton, a service project conducted at my local marsh, tutoring, and journalism. In my spare time, I enjoy singing, traveling, and photography. I'm excited to meet everyone soon!

Akriti Singh

Hey everyone! My name is Akriti, and I was born in India but raised in the Bay Area. I'm super excited to be attending Cal in the fall, and I'm hoping to major in Computer Science! I first discovered coding when I was 7 years old on Neopets (don't judge) and rediscovered it when I got a Tumblr and kept redesigning its layout. Over the past few years, I've taken classes in Java, Objective C, and Python, and found that I love how computer science requires you to think both creatively and logically. I'm obsessed with anything with sugar, Photoshop, anything to do with art (from DIYs to drawing portraits to makeup), reading through comments on controversial articles, and everything coffee-flavored. Go Bears!

Dorrin Akbari

Hello! My name is Dorrin Akbari, and I moved from Iran to California when I was seven years old.I only speak Farsi at home, so don't be surprised if I accidentally change languages in the middle of a conversation (it's happened more often than I'd like to admit). I became interested in CS after falling in love with the paradise that is the Googleplex at Google's Engineering Week, but I haven't had much experience in the field. I'm still uncertain about what I want to do with my life, so I've recently adopted a "say yes to things (that won't kill me)" policy. So far I've said "yes" to sitting on the ledge of a building to watch the sunset with my friends every night, a spontaneous camping trip, and CS KickStart. I look forward to meeting everyone in the program, and I can't wait to explore Cal together!

Sona Jeswani

Hello! My name is Sona Jeswani and I'm from Sacramento, California. I will be a freshman at UC Berkeley this fall and I plan to double major in Computer Science and Economics. Ever since I was little, I have always been fascinated by computers and other technology. I have been an integral part of Solar Car and Robotics teams in high school. I have also been involved in FBLA and varsity Speech and Debate competitions throughout high school. I absolutely love playing table tennis and I enjoy photography. I am a huge fan of the Food Network even though I am not that much of a cook (but hopefully I will be!). As part of my lifestyle, I enjoy going on daily jogs, eating healthy and exploring trails around my community. I am beyond excited to be a part of CS Kickstart and I can't wait to meet you all!

Anahita Farshi Haghro

Hey everyone! I was born in Iran but ever since I was a baby I moved from one country to the next. So, I have lived in Iran, Japan, the Netherlands, Germany, and America. As a result of all this moving, learning new languages is one of my hobbies. Since I have forgotten Japanese and German, I am currently trying to re-teach myself those languages as well as learn French and Spanish. Another one of my hobbies is drawing; I love to create portraits of people in graphite and charcoal. Currently, I am working on a portrait of Neymar and one of Messi for my friend. Additionally, I have always had a passion for computers (hence my participation in the CS KickStart program); however, I do not have a lot of experience with programming. So, I am very excited for CS KickStart and very eager to meet everyone!

Elizabeth Schafle

Hello! My name is Elizabeth Schafle, and I am from Napa, California, and am entering Berkeley this year as a prospective Computer Science Major. My mother was a software developer in the 80's working at HP, and she told me about her job there when I was a little girl. Ever since then it has been my dream to be a programmer! My experience in Computer Science so far is pretty much limited to what I learned in AP Computer Science this year, which was definitely one of my favorite classes that I have ever taken! Some things that you should know about me are that I am a big fan of Doctor Who, Marvel, and science fiction and fantasy media in general.I am a swimmer and waterpolo player, and my hobbies include hiking, reading, and painting. I am so excited to meet all of you, Go Bears!

Florence Lau

Hi! My name's Florence. I've lived in Cerritos, CA for most of my life, but I've also lived in Hong Kong. First, I just want to say how excited I am to be attending Cal! It has been my dream school for three years. My interest in CS started after learning about the amazing inventions people can create all because of CS. Although I have little programming experience, I find CS extremely fascinating and I hope to develop more programming skills through CS Kickstart. My primary interest is in using CS to help people in third world countries. I have no idea how to accomplish this yet, but I believe that CS Kickstart and college will help me figure it out. My dream is to travel the world someday, especially Florence, Italy, because we have the same name and I feel like we have a special connection. I can't wait to meet everyone! Go Bears!

Lauren Stoops

Hi! I'm Lauren from Los Altos, California (next to Stanford). I've been a Cal Bears fan since birth, and I plan on majoring in Computer Science in the College of Letters and Science during my time here at UC Berkeley. I don't have a strong background in computer programming, but I love solving problems with logic and creative thinking. I hope to improve my coding knowledge through this program. I also look forward to making friends with other girls interested in CS. Outside of learning, I enjoy playing the violin, backpacking, playing computer games, and participating in philanthropy. I'm a server at California Pizza Kitchen in Stanford Mall and babysit for several families in my town. I'm interested in wide range of movies, tv shows, and music. I look forward to meeting you all! :)

Tamika Bassman

Hello! My name is Tamika, and I'm from Alameda, California, which is about half an hour's drive from Berkeley, traffic permitting. I was admitted as an Engineering - Undeclared major and am considering majoring in EECS. I don't have a lot of previous experience with programming or computer science, so this summer I've been exploring a couple different programming languages for fun. With its omnipresence in society today, even a basic understanding of CS seems like a relevant, exciting, and powerful skill to have. In high school, I was a Key Club member, violinist in my school's jazz band, president of my school's Chamber Music Club, and track team captain. Some other fun facts about me are that I am left-handed (but am no Jimi Hendrix - I play right-handed violin) and Wasian (can't go wrong with pho and boba). I'm really excited to meet all my fellow CS Kickstarters!

Simin Liu

Hi everyone! I'm Simin and I hail from Albuquerque, NM, home to America's darlings, High School Musical and Breaking Bad. I'm in Engineering Undeclared, but I'm confident that this program will provide me with some clarity about career paths. I got my first taste of CS at MIT's Women's Technology Program, where we had a crash course in Python. In particular, I'm motivated by the challenges of AI; among them is that actions which are intuitive to us require a vast amount of programming for a robot to replicate. It thrills me that programmers often examine things at the most deconstructed level and gain great insight into the world this way. In my spare time, I run for fun, worry about worrying too much, follow my neighbor's cat, read lots, draw, and do community service. My favorite television shows include Modern Family, iZombie, and Dance Moms (no shame). I'm eager for the program to begin and to meet you all!

Kiva Uhuru

Hello, world! I'm an EECS major from San Jose, California. I was on the FRC robotics team at my high school for 4 years and I've dabbled in a few coding languages, ranging from Arduino to C# to Javascript. Beyond my studies, I'm working to be a social activist in STEM education; I spoke at the NAPE PDI Conference in Alexandria, VA, and the national PLTWSummit in Indianapolis on inequity in representation in STEM and the media. In the summers I help design programming curriculum to help encourage girls to become empowered and conscientious media developers. I almost always have my guitar with me, it's a old habit I picked up in the 8th grade. My favourite places to play are anywhere around people, and I've been told my sound edges on soulful and alternative rock. My major influences are the Districts, Billie Holiday, Bebel Giberto, Beruit, and Little Dragon.

Shaili Patel

Hi, my name is Shaili and I am from Cupertino, California. I was admitted to Berkeley as computer science major. I don't have too much CS knowledge but my interest began last year when I took JAVA at my high school and attended a few local hackathons. I'd like to pursue computer science because it gives you the power to create so many different things that can be applied to any field of work. I like the idea of being able to create anything I want related to my interests. In terms of what I like, I love music and I'll listen to any type - my music library is full of English, Spanish, Hindi, even some Arabic songs. I like to sing, play the piano, learn languages/word roots, write, play recreational sports, and play games (I'm kinda competitive when it comes to these). I'm really looking forward to CS kickstart and all I'm going to learn!

Leslie Tsai

Hello! I'm Leslie. I'm from Sunnyvale, California, but I was born in New Jersey. I'll be in the College of Letters and Sciences in the fall, intending to major in either computer science or cognitive science. I became interested in CS just this past year and have been learning a little programming, but I'm looking forward to learning more about what CS can do. In my free time, I enjoy singing, playing and listening to music, running, reading, and watching horribly addicting reality TV shows. I'm excited to be a part of CS Kickstart this year!

Cassie Yin

Hey there! My name is Cassie, an incoming EECS major excited to be a part of the CS Kickstart program. I am the girl who has a curiosity for coding, playing guzheng and Go. I love to travel, seek out new foods, and call myself a real foodie.

Alejandra Ibarra

My name is Alejandra Ibarra and I am from Oakland, California. I recently developed my passion for CS by participating in my schools AP CS class and attending various hackathons.

Aishwary Bhupartiraju

Hi! My name is Aishwarya and I’m from SoCal. I am an intended Computer Science major in the College of Letters and Science. Although I do not have much experience with computer science I have always been interested in technology. I also enjoy playing tennis, watching movies, swimming, and drawing. I am excited to participate in CS Kickstart. Go Bears!

Karen Darken

Hey, I'm Karen. I was born way over in New Jersey, but we moved to California when I was 3 so I really don't remember much of it! For the other 15 years of my life I've lived in Carmel Valley, California. I've spent a lot of my free time dancing, making stuff in Photoshop, watching Food Network, playing games, etc. I really love reading, photography and drawing too, but I honestly can't manage to find as much time for most of my hobbies as I'd like. I've always known a little bit about CS because my dad teaches it, but I only started getting truly interested and excited about it in the last few years once I began taking a course online. Since I'm aiming to major in CS, I can't wait to participate in this program and start discovering if CS is truly a great fit for me! See you guys in August!

Julie Deng

Hey everyone! My name is Julie Deng and I'm from Mandeville, Louisiana. I've lived in Mandeville for four years and in Issaquah, Washington, for eight years before that so I consider Issaquah my hometown. I love the west coast and am excited to be attending Berkeley! I am an intended Computer Science major in the College of Letters & Science. I really enjoyed taking AP Computer Science last year and love how the field presents endless possibilities in how we can contribute to society. Other interests of mine include swimming, boba, food, Netflix, Kpop, KDramas, anything Nintendo, League of Legends, pugs, and Gudetama. Looking forward to meeting all of you this fall! :)

Delaney Gomen

Sometimes we name streets after people, but I was named after a street. Delaney Street, in downtown Orlando, where I was born. I’ve lived the stereotypical Floridian lifestyle since then, which includes spotting random alligators and working at Disney. I always knew I wanted to pursue STEM. Computer science stood out to me because of the limitless applications you can create with code. I want to study CS to help people, whether it’s working on AI to assist the disabled or encrypting classified documents. People are surprised to hear that I love math and science because of the time I spend reading, taking photos, (hopelessly) learning French, and being a history buff. I believe CS Kickstart will be a great experience to meet advisors and learn valuable skills while letting people see the tech side to me as well. Go bears!

Katie Gu

I come from Agoura Hills, California, a little town located near Los Angeles, and graduated from Oak Park High School this past June. As an incoming EECS major, I am eager to begin studying computer science because of its versatile applications to almost every industry, from music to medicine. In my free time, I enjoy playing the piano and flute, reading classic literature (I am a huge fan of Henry David Thoreau and Romantic-era poetry!), writing poetry and personal essays, and traveling. I look forward to meeting you all!

Nikita Gupta

Hi there! My name is Nikita Gupta. I'm from Fremont, around 40 minutes south of Berkeley. I'm interested in studying Computer Science because it's a multidisciplinary field that's used in almost every industry. I believe that a computer science degree will allow me solve complex, challenging problems that are even beyond physical reality. I also love "making" and designing. I have been participating in Maker Faire for a few years now and have helped instruct various STEM summer camps for kids. I hope to continue expanding Maker Education (especially for girls) as I study Computer Science. I'm super excited to be a part of this amazing network of girls who will be studying alongside me these next few years at Cal!

Mariela Hernandez

Hello! My name is Mariela Hernandez and I am 17 years old! I attended North Salinas High School in Salinas, CA. I am very excited and grateful to be a part of the 2016 CS kickstart program! I am very interested in UX/UI design and want to further my knowledge of computer science and computer programming. In high school, I enjoyed acting and volleyball. I want to continue to do these activities and make the most out of my next 4 years at Cal!

Tiffany Ho

Hello! I'm Tiffany Ho, from SoCal. I'm Asian, but I prefer non-Asian cuisine. I am a very witty person; dry humor is my forte. My hobbies include hip hop dancing, singing in my room, and drawing (usually trees). I am also obsessed with Harry Potter and Sherlock. I identify myself as a Ravenclaw despite my Pottermore placement in Gryffindor. I have been heavily involved in blood drives, despite my ineligibility to donate! (If you’re a blood donor, be sure to tell me because I love meeting life savers!) Although SoCal has many pretty beaches, I am terrified of the ocean because I can’t swim and quite frankly, the idea of getting carried away is scary. Instead I enjoy greenery! My perfect day entails of walking through a park in breezy weather. UC Berkeley is my dream school and I am thrilled to be attending it for the next four years!

Emily Hu

Hey everyone! My name is Emily Hu, and I am from the great city of Fremont, CA, which is about 45 minutes south of Berkeley. I will be entering this fall as an EECS major, and I am very excited to learn more about computer science and all the opportunities it holds. I look forward to attending CS Kickstart and expanding my limited programming knowledge. I graduated from Saint Francis High School, where I was active in marching band, NHS, CSF, and swimming. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, working out, going to concerts, traveling, and trying all sorts of new foods, my favorites being Thai, Mexican, and Japanese. Some of my favorite artists to listen to are Beyonce, Borns, Halsey, and Adele. I can't wait to see what the future holds for me at Cal, Go Bears!

Moira Huang

Hi, I'm Moira Huang! I'm from Los Altos which is in the Bay Area (about an hour south of Berkeley). I'm an intended Computer Science major in the Letters and Sciences. I can't wait to come to Berkeley and meet the extremely diverse student body and getting the chance to challenge myself. I love computer science because it has the ability to change the world. Growing up in the Silicon Valley has shown me firsthand the transformative capabilities of technology and I can't wait to be a part of that change. Outside of CS, I love to play volleyball and nap (I take daily afternoon naps that I'm not sure how I'm going to keep up in college). Fun fact, even though my name is technically pronounced MOY-ruh, up until middle school I thought it was pronounced MAUR-ra because my parents had always pronounced it that way. I can't wait to meet everyone at CS KickStart! :)

Alyssa Huang

Hi, my name is Alyssa and I'm from the bubble of Irvine, CA. I'm an incoming EECS major with no formal coding experience and am looking forward to changing that with Kickstart! I'm also a classical and jazz bassist, as well a rookie rock climber and an aspiring ceramist. In my free time I love eating, baking, watching other people cook, and planning food (and now pokemon) expeditions with friends. I'm interested in computer science because of its interdisciplinary opportunities, and ability to be applied in so many ways.

Emma Jaeger

Hi everyone! My name is Emma and I'm from Ashburn, Virginia (in the DC area). I'm an intended Computer Science major in L&S, but I'm also considering a double major or minor in Applied Math. I'm a pretty big fan of long distance running, art, and reading in my spare time. I also love listening to music and singing along (badly); among many others, some of my favorite artists are Cage the Elephant, Muse, Arctic Monkeys, and The Kooks. In terms of computer science, I don't have a ton of experience, but I've always loved technology and I think it's really cool how the possibilities of coding are endless. I'm really excited to meet everyone at KickStart and hopefully make some friends who'd like to get boba and play Pokemon Go with me!

Michelle Ju

Hello! My name is Michelle Ju and I am very excited to be able to participate in this year's CS KickStart program. I actually do not have any experience in computer science so I am a little bit nervous, but I trust that I will have a lot of fun meeting new people and learning new things.

Jemma Kwak

Hey y'all! My name is Jemma and I am so stoked to be attending Cal this fall as a CS-intended major in L&S! I am pursuing computer science because it is a powerful tool that can spark positive change and create important ripples in our everyday lives. I also hope to get involved in the design community at Berkeley and explore human-computer interaction. In my free time, I love hanging with family, going on outdoorsy adventures, watching films, and eating yummy food around L.A.(and now the Bay!). I am bursting with excitement to get to meet all the lovely ladies of CS Kickstart and to further my coding abilities! Go Bears!

Fei Kwan

Hi! My name is Fei Kwan and I’m from San Diego, California. I’m an EECS major and I don’t have very much experience with programming and computer science, but I’m very excited to learn more about it. I became interested in computer science because of how applicable and widespread it is in everyday life, especially with all the new innovations and developments in technology today. In my free time, I enjoy playing tennis, hanging out with friends, listening to music, and exploring new places/meeting new people. I can’t wait to be a part of CS Kickstart and to spend the next four years at Berkeley!

Kristina Laue

Glendale, CA, born and raised. It’s an adventure going to the other half of California! I don’t know very much about computer science except a couple of simple programs I’ve made on my TI-84 (which were really really fun to make, and most of what convinced me this was what I think I want to do), so learning real programming is going to be another, even more exciting adventure. I’m using this word far too much, but… I like to try to make my life an adventure. I hike, do aerial acrobatics, play characters from flamboyant old detectives to broken southern girls. I am a singer, violinist, flautist and soon I hope I can say as well — I’m a programmer.

Shannon Louie

Hi everyone! My name is Shannon and I’m from Southern California (LA area). I currently do not have any computer science/programming experience but I can’t wait to learn more about this exciting field through CS Kickstart and beyond! I will major in Molecular and Cell Biology at Cal and plan to explore other topics of interest (like comp sci). In high school, I ran Track and Cross Country and was extremely involved with many organizations such as Key Club and the Tri-M Music Honor Society, both of which I led. I can’t wait to join music and service oriented clubs at Berkeley and will probably be tempted to join a hundred other clubs too!!! I really like classical music (since I play the piano) and am a HUGEEE fan of anything Disney-related. I’m excited to meet you all this August! GO BEARS!!!

Samira Maboudian

Hi! My name is Samira and I'm from Orinda, CA. I'm super thrilled to attend CS Kickstart and to meet other women interested in CS. I'm considering Cognitive Science and Computer Science majors, so I'm hoping CS Kickstart will help me gain some direction and experience. In my free time I enjoy reading, painting, hiking, and learning foreign languages (I speak Farsi, Spanish, some Italian, and some German). Additionally, I love teaching and working with kids; I teach Farsi at a school in Walnut Creek, and I also tutor and camp counsel. I have very little CS experience, but I'm excited to learn and to meet you all! Go Bears!

Yajushi Mattegunta

Hi, I'm Yajushi Mattegunta, and I've been born and brought up in the Bay Area. I'm so happy to be staying here and attending Cal as an EECS major! I'm interested in Computer Science because I love the logic behind programming- I like the idea of creating elegant, simple solutions to otherwise tedious problems. I want to use Computer Science to develop nanotechnology for green energy applications. I also enjoy making my own jewelry, reading novels (all types), and going on long crime show Netflix binges.

Lotta Meriluoto

Hiya! I'm Lotta and I'm from Morristown, New Jersey, though I was born in Finland. Going to California all the way from the east coast is a little bit frightening, but I'm happy that CS Kickstart might make this fresh start even better! Though I don't have the most experience in programming, I am eager to learn and curious about how it could suit someone like me who is interested in both math and design. I have danced ballet for a long time and I love dogs, art, fruit, and romance movies, among various things! I'm so excited to meet everyone and jump into CS Kickstart!

Thu Nguyen

Hey there! My name is Thu Nguyen, and I'm super excited to begin my UC Berkeley experience with CS KickStart! I'm from San Jose, and I live for boba and cute dessert places. I really enjoy jamming small tunes on the piano, and I also love spending my time doodling on random scraps of paper. Although I don't have much coding experience, I have high hopes for the learning opportunities I'll get at CS KickStart, and I have even higher hopes that this program will be an amazing help towards building my confidence in pursuing my intended major of Computer Science in the College of Letters and Sciences! GO BEARS!

Karen Ni

Hi everyone! I was born and raised in SoCal, and I can't wait to explore the Bay Area as a bear. I will be pursuing degrees in Art Practice and Political Science, and I plan to apply for law school afterwards. Although it's not in STEM, I'm a firm believer that there is no "math/science brain or arts/humanities brain". We contain multitudes, and CS Kickstart believes in that, too! I'm so excited to be a part of this community and continue to learn with others. I hope to grow as a potential programmer and encourage people to pursue a liberal arts education that can give them exposure to STEM alongside the humanities.

Sophia Papitto

Hello! I'm Sophia, and I've lived in the SF Bay Area since middle school. I've also lived in Rhode Island and New Mexico. I'm very interested in the sciences and math, but I'm not yet sure exactly what I'll be majoring in. I enjoy reading, jogging, debating, cooking, and taking photos. I'm excited to meet you all at Cal!

Annie Ro

Hi everyone! My name is Annie and I'm an EECS major from a small town in SoCal called Arcadia, better known as Arcasia because our city has so much Asian culture infused in it! Something interesting is that I'm currently (as of July 2016) in Taipei, Taiwan about to leave for two weeks of teaching English in a rural area, so hopefully I will have lots to share about that! I love to eat and sometimes try to cook, I still play Candy Crush, and I have an 8-year-old Labradoodle whom I love very much. I'm looking forward to meeting you all and extremely excited to begin my college experience with CS Kickstart!

Shreya Sahoo

Hi there! I've lived in Folsom, California (close to Sacramento) for most of my life. I am excited to venture off to Berkeley where I plan to study Computer Science in the College of Letters and Sciences. I love hiking, playing tennis, cooking (aesthetically pleasing) dishes, re-reading Harry Potter, having intellectual conversations with friends, and attempting to make amusing puns. I’m also a fan of Netflix-- especially Bones and anything of Shonda Rhimes. My fascination with technology stemmed from my appreciation of iPhone apps. I began sketching my own ideas and creating websites, but I only started learning a bit of programming my senior year of high school! I took an introductory course and realized that I quite liked the meticulousness, creativity, and depth of CS. UI design looks really interesting, and I can’t wait to discover other fields at Berkeley! See you guys soon!

Srividhya Shanker

My name is Srividhya Shanker, and I was born and raised in the Bay Area. For the past 10 years, I have been learning Indian classical music and dance. During my senior year, I gave a solo dance performance in California and Chennai, India. I am also a nationally ranked table tennis player. I have participated in several tournaments such as the US Nationals, US Open, and Junior Olympics. At high school, I was very involved in the Interact Club, Stock Market Club, CSF tutoring, and National Honors Society. I am interested in pursuing Computer Science because it has the potential to be integrated with any other field. My background in Computer Science includes the AP Computer Science class at high school and the Girls Who Code summer program at Microsoft. I am very excited to attend the CS KickStart program to expand my interest in Computer Science.

Rebekah Tang

Hello everyone! I'm from San Diego, but I've spent some time in the Bay Area. Berkeley is my dream school and I'm excited to pursue my interest in computer science at the College of Letters and Science here. Computer science is interesting to me because it can be applied to almost everything and anything! Besides computer science, I'm also interested in linguistics and cognitive science. In my spare time, I like to read books, eat good food, and sleep.

Annie Tang

Hello hello! My name is Annie Tang, and I am from Fremont, California. I am a hopeful Cognitive Science/Computer Science double major (trying to learn both CS's yeah!!) and am interested in exploring the concept of human-centered design while at Cal. I actually have little-to-no experience with Computer Science or programming in general — what little I have comprises of mostly that from codeacademy courses and using Excel macros — so I'm very excited to learn from the curriculum that CSKickstart has created for us. I also enjoy watching sports anime (guilty pleasure oops), reading, and playing around with Photoshop! Looking forward to meeting everyone a week before our freshman year officially starts :)

Audrey Thompson

Hi! I’m Audrey. I’m currently seventeen years old and I’m from Reno, Nevada, although I grew up in the Lake Tahoe area. I’ve done computer science and coding since I was about 8 or 9 (if you count playing around with Scratch) and more recently I’ve learned some web design using internet tutorials as well as taken AP CS a couple of years ago. I love making websites, but the main reason that I want to major in CS is because I’d like to be a video game designer in the future. I play a lot of video games, and I’m super interested in their mechanics and user interfacing. In my free time I also do martial arts (karate and jiu-jitsu), skiing, acting, and track and field (I’m a sprinter and mediocre pole vaulter). I’m a pretty big nerd and I’m super excited to meet other CS people at Berkeley!

Christine Tung

Hi everyone! I'm Christine, and I'm from Cupertino, California. I will be majoring in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Cal. I'm really interested in computer science and am fascinated by how it has so many diverse applications. I love exploring and trying new things, and am looking forward to learning more about CS! Other interests of mine include playing piano, biology, swimming, playing water polo, robotics, eating food, and watching tv (Game of Thrones and Jessica Jones!). I'm really excited for CS KickStart and can't wait to meet everyone! Go Bears!! :)

Melody Wei

Hey guys! My name is Melody and I am from a small city called Hsinchu in Taiwan! My major is EECS in the College of Engineering. I'm really excited to join CS Kickstart and meet other female programmers since, coming from a small and social-science-oriented school, I barely had the chance to get to know other girls interested in CS. As for hobbies, I am really into all kinds of music activities, including singing, listening to music, playing instruments, etc. I recently found myself enjoying aerobics as well as learning new languages! Can't wait to join the bear family!

Jade Yen

Hello! My name is Jade Yen and I am from sunny Los Angeles, CA. I am hoping to double major in Computer Science and Cognitive Science. Up until sophomore year, I had always been unsure of what I wanted to do, but a trip to the Venice Google Headquarters inspired me to try and pursue Computer Science. That trip, my interest in STEM fields, and my participation in LA Youth Ambassadors helped me become Chief Media Commissioner of the Los Angeles Youth Stem Commission. I hope to pursue CS and empower young girls everywhere to follow their dreams (even in male-dominated fields like STEM). I have little programming experience (limited mostly to free online CS programs), but hope this program can change that for the better! In addition to CS, I am an avid reader, concertgoer, volunteer, musician (go clarinets!), art enthusiast, sci-fi TV fan, succulent grower, vintage-clothing buyer, and more. Go Bears!

Emily Zhong

Hello! I’m Emily, and I’ve spent most of my life in the San Jose/ Cupertino area. Considering where I come from, my interest for computer science manifested a bit late in the middle of my senior year, when my friend introduced me to its versatility in different subjects. I’m especially interested in UI/UX design as an application of my passion for art, design, and computer science! In the rare moments where my eyes aren’t glued to my computer screen, I can be found doodling in my sketchbook, running to “stay in shape” and get to class on time, putting down heavy things and picking them up again, playing soccer, and praising works of literature while lamenting over my stagnant pile of books to read.

Caroline Zhou

Hi! I'm from San Ramon, California and super excited to be attending Berkeley as a Computer Science major starting this fall! Some of my hobbies include messing around on Photoshop, art, playing badminton and pingpong (though I don’t profess to be particularly amazing at either of those), vocal music, and self-teaching random stuff like making food (desserts, yess). In my spare time, I also like to scour the news for interesting scientific developments, especially in technology or medicine, because I just love science in general (bio and chem are two of my favorite subjects)! Looking forward to CS KickStart and can't wait to meet everyone!

Kiana Afshar

Hello! My name is Kiana Afshar, and I'm from the Bay Area. I'm hoping to discover how computer science fits in with my career goals and my other interests, on top of furthering my coding skills. In my free time, I love oil painting, kick-boxing, and robotics!

Celine Bellegarda

Hi everyone! My name is Celine and I’m from the small city of Saratoga, CA, which is about an hour away from Berkeley. I will be majoring in Molecular Environmental Biology in the College of Natural Resources at Cal, and I’m so excited for the four years ahead! I have some coding experience as I have taken classes in Objective C and Java, but I can’t wait to learn more through CS Kickstart! I’m very interested in the synthesis of biology and computer science, and hope to become involved in computational biology in the future. Outside of academics, I am an avid runner and hiker, and I also enjoy volunteering, as well as playing both the piano and the viola. I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of CS Kickstart and I can’t wait to meet all of you! Go Bears!!

Joy Dong

Hi there! My name is Joy and I'm from the Bay Area. I actually applied to Berkeley as an Economics major and just recently became interested in Computer Science; nonetheless, I'm looking forward to learning more about it through this program and other courses. During high school, I played soccer, ran track and cross country, and was involved in many service clubs, such as Interact. I love traveling and going on adventures (especially ones that involve food!). At Cal, I plan to stay active, cheer on our sports teams, and make the most out of my four years. Go Bears!!

Annie Fogarty

Hi! My name is Anne Fogarty. I am from Greenbrae, CA, about 30 minutes from Berkeley. I am very excited to participate in the CS Kickstart program and the opportunity to learn from both peers and professionals. I have little background in computer science, but I love problem solving and creativity. I have many academic interests ranging from math to art, but I believe computer science will combine all of my skills and passions. In high school I was an editor for my school newspaper, I ran cross country, and played guitar. I also enjoy surfing, skateboarding in my free time. I cannot wait to explore computer science at Cal!

Sarah Hammond

Hi! I'm Sarah and I've lived in Phoenix, Arizona my entire life. I'm super excited to move to Berkeley; it feels kind of like an oven here for a significant portion of the year (we hit 119 degrees last month planes were canceled!). My dad was an electrical engineer and worked with computers a ton so he had me playing games like Scratch when I was little, which is what initially got me interested in CS. I stayed interested, obviously, once I realized how universally useful it is and I'll be majoring in EECS at Berkeley. In my free time, I tend to read a lot, mostly sci-fi/fantasy, but I also ran a hiking club at my high school which was really fun! We went out to different hikes on the weekends (at 4 am during the summer because you don't want to hike if the sun is up) and I hope to keep hiking at Berkeley, where the weather is nicer and I don't feel like I am going to melt.

Jennifer Hu

Hi everybody! My name is Jen, and I'm ecstatic to be a member of Berkeley's Class of 2021! I'm born and raised in Los Angeles, but most of my family is based in Shanghai. I absolutely love computer science and have been interested in it since middle school. This being said, I am also an alumni of the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program, and I loved being able to be at Disney and expand my knowledge(as well as getting to go to Disneyland for free :D) My hobbies include watching movies, hiking, cooking, and traveling. My absolute favorite thing to do is travel or explore, whether this means going to a new local cafe, checking out a new exhibit, or going overseas to visit family or eat some fresh sushi in a small town in Japan. I'm a huge foodie as well, and I can't wait to explore San Francisco. I'm exited to meet you all!

Purva Kapshikar

Hi everyone! I’m from Fremont, California, and I’m an incoming EECS major. I’m interested in computer science because of its versatility and applicability. I enjoy math and physics, and I'm excited to further my computer science knowledge at Cal. In high school, I played on the varsity tennis team and participated in clubs like DECA and ARK. My interests include playing piano, reading, singing along to the radio, hiking, saying “Fun Facts”, and watching Netflix. At Berkeley, I hope to join BBS and the Daily Cal, and maybe even the Ultimate Frisbee team. I’m looking forward to meeting you all!

Megan Kawakami

Hello! My name is Megan Kawakami and I am an EECS major from the very hot Fresno, CA. I don’t have much CS experience, but I am so excited to learn more in KickStart! I think computer science is cool because of its many applications and because of my love for STEM. I enjoy playing piano and listening to music—some of my favorite artists are Mumford and Sons, Logic, Zac Brown Band, and Blind Pilot. I also love being outdoors, collecting succulents, drinking tea, and hanging out with friends! I can’t wait to come to Berkeley and meet all of you! :)

Hannah Kim

Hello! My name is Hannah Kim and I am from the San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles. I have zero computer science experience, so I am excited to jump in feet first and learn something new before the fall semester begins! My hobbies include reading novels, journaling, yoga, hiking with my family, and playing the viola. I'm also involved in social justice efforts and co-wrote assemblies at my high school as head of the Multicultural Affinity group. I'm hopeful I'll be able to add coding to my list of hobbies after Kickstart! Thank you for this opportunity to learn more about CS - I'm thrilled to be a part of this program!

Alisha Laroia

Hi everyone! My name is Alisha and I am from Fremont, California, about 45 minutes away from Berkeley. I am an interested in computer science because of the challenges it presents me in the way that I have to think and solve problems. Some of my hobbies include playing tennis and dancing. This fall, I look forward to getting involved in all the activities and academics in UC Berkeley.

Karen Lee

I'm Karen Lee -- born in San Francisco but East Bay-raised my entire life! I'm from a suburban town called San Leandro, next to Oakland and fifteen miles from Berkeley. Currently I'm a declared cognitive science major, but there is a high chance that my interests might lead me to different pursuits during the next four years. Regardless, fields like artificial intelligence and virtual reality fascinate me, so exploring computer science beyond the AP Computer Science class I took senior year is definitely an endeavor I want to undertake! Beyond that, though, I enjoy watching Jeopardy at 7pm from Monday to Friday, cheering loudly and obnoxiously for the US National Soccer Team, eating (as long as it doesn't involve pickles), pondering sometimes existential questions, and writing anything from creative non-fiction to original short stories.

Angela Li

Hello! My name is Angela Li and I'm from San Francisco, California. I'm an intended Cognitive Science major but I might change to Computer Science. I was first introduced to the concept of coding during the 7th grade but did not learn how to code until my junior year. In school, I learned that computer science can contribute to solving world’s most difficult problems and slowly I started to envision myself working in the tech field. During my spare time, I enjoy baking, volunteering, facetiming, and watching YouTube videos. I also love meeting new people, going on scenic hikes, and trying different food cuisines. Looking forward to starting a new chapter of my life at UC Berkeley and I can't wait to meet you all at CS Kickstart!

Amy Li

Hi, I'm Amy and I was born in South Carolina but I moved to San Francisco, California near the end of middle school. I'm an intended Computer Science major in the College of Letters and Science and I'm super excited to meet other girls who are interested in CS! I spend a lot of my time on my computer playing games and binge-watching videos, and I also like doing arts and crafts.

Selena Li

Hi, my name is Selena! I was born and raised in San Francisco. I’m planning to major in Molecular and Cell Biology in the College of Letters and Sciences, but I also want to explore other topics! I got my first taste of computer science in elementary school, when I created a cat website using HTML. I later joined Girls Who Code in high school and loved how computer science could be applied to almost every field. In my free time, I like to play video games, go on boba adventures, and take daily afternoon naps! I’m excited to meet you all and start my college experience with CS Kickstart! :)

Danlin Lillemark

Hi everyone! I’m Danlin and I’m from San Jose, a 45 minute drive south of Berkeley. I’m in the college of Letters and Sciences, intending computer science. I’m interested in CS because I’m passionate about using code to influence the world in new ways and I like the versatility code allows me to have. I have relatively little experience with CS, except for during last summer, when I was introduced to bioinformatics at an internship. There, I used basic python to sort through genomic data to help determine prognosis for various cancers. During high school, I spent most of my time playing field hockey and going out to try new foods. I’m excited to learn alongside with and meet everyone at Berkeley!

Rachel Lim

"Hello! My name is Rachel and I am from Los Angeles, California. I’m super excited to be attending Berkeley this fall as an intended Computer Science major! I was on the VEX Robotics and rocketry team at my high school, so I’ve been exposed to a few languages like Arduino and Python. I absolutely love coding and I hope to grow my skills and interest in CS through this program! My hobbies include fencing, baking, watching Netflix, listening to music ranging from Ed Sheeran to K-pop, and travelling. I am excited to be a part of this program and I can’t wait to meet the rest of the CS KickStart family!"

Grace Lin

My name is Grace, and I was born and raised in San Diego. I'm super excited to see what learning and food opportunities await me at Berkeley, and I'm very grateful to be a part of CS Kickstart. I was first exposed to coding from taking AP Computer Science, and I'm looking forward to getting a better understanding of the field over the next four years. My favorite thing about computer science is the endless possibilities it can accomplish in any field. In my free time, I enjoy typical introvert activities such as reading, baking, painting, watching TV/movies, and playing the piano. Still, there's nothing I like more than spending quality time with others.

Esha Madhekar

Hi my name is Esha and I am from San Diego! My interest in CS stems from a desire to create products that will improve efficiency and interconnectedness in the future. I was first introduced to CS in a class at my school and have since used that interest and my interest in electronics to further my understanding through projects I have taken on. I hope to grow my understanding of CS to a deeper level over the next four years! Outside of academics, I love working with children and teaching science. I also enjoy learning dance and have been learning Indian classical dance for many years now.

Michelle Mao

Hey, this is Michelle Mao. I’m not related to the Chairman, sadly, though I am flying in from China. The flight’s 13 hours but if I’m tactical about it I can beat jet lag so #worthit. I was born and raised in Michigan, moved to China when I was seven, and moved four more times within China. Though it sucked being the new kid, I’ve really come to appreciate the opportunity to meet new people and adapt to a new environment. In other words, I’m stoked to meet you guys. To any musicians out there: hit me up for jam sessions—I make weird noises with my mouth. I also love playing cards if anyone wants to put the phone down and kick it old school. See you guys then.

Angelica Pan

Hi everyone! My name is Angelica and I’m from Indonesia. Though I was born in the US, I moved back here when I was four and have lived here ever since. I’ve fallen in love with Indonesia and its culture but I’m also so excited about coming back - let’s explore Berkeley together! I love trying new things and learning about others’ cultures. I’m in EECS and computer science interests me because of its infinity. I enjoy art and design and draw in my free time. I also love food, volunteering, cute things and playing ping pong and badminton with my friends. I’m also currently self studying Japanese and play the piano and violin. I’m super excited to meet you all! Go Bears!

Harini Rajan

Hello! I’m from San Ramon, CA and am looking into in majoring in CS at UC Berkeley. I’m interested in computer science because of how fast the field evolves and the variety of its applications. In the future, I would like to explore the intersections between healthcare and information technology. My hobbies include reading poetry and classic literature, following current events, and taking long walks in the morning. Cheesy jokes and puns are my favorite kinds of humor.

Jillian Smith

Hello everyone! My name is Jillian and I’m from Los Altos, California. I’m an intended L&S Computer Science major and think CS is beautiful because it can simplify complex problems to help almost anyone in any field. I don’t have much experience coding so I’m really excited to get started this summer! I love dancing and trained pre-professionally in ballet throughout high school. I also enjoy theater, hiking, math, and watching movies with friends. I’m looking forward to meeting you all and can’t wait to join the incredible community at Berkeley!

Karen Supandi

Hi! I'm Karen. I was born in Indonesia, but I've been living in Fremont, CA for a good part of my life. I got into CS because of this program called Girls Who Code, and I honestly fell in love with coding right there because I realized just how collaborative it was. I definitely believe it's important to have homies not only to struggle with together, but also to celebrate together when your code works. I'm an intended CS major, Hufflepuff, pianist, and professional snacker. Fun fact: if I hear a song that I really like, it's so hard for me to sit still. I'm also very spontaneous and outgoing, and if we ever go on a long, boring road trip together, I got you with my bad jokes! I'm so excited to be going to Cal and meet all of you cool people. See you guys soon :)

Ria Vinod

"Hey everyone! I’m Ria. I was born in Dallas, did most of my schooling in Bangalore, India, and now live in Minnesota. It’s an adventure moving to California, but definitely exciting! In school, I was heavily involved in our student-run newspaper, tech-based community service, and tennis. But in my free time, I love watching Tasty videos, reading political Op-Eds, and outdoorsy adventures. I’m an incoming EECS major, but I don’t have a whole lot of formal coding experience—whatever I know, I’ve learned online and used the trial and error method. I had always been fascinated by gadgets ever since I was young, and my love for tech and CS only further intensified from my interest in design, science and society. In how many other ways can you literally touch humanity? I’m so excited to attend Kickstart to dive into Cal’s innovative culture and meet a bunch of powerhouse girls! "

Cara Wolfe

Hey! I'm Cara and I'm from Lafayette which is about 15 minutes east of Berkeley. I'm hoping to study Computer Science at Cal. I've loved programming ever since I learned Scratch when I was younger. AP Computer Science was my favorite class in high school. Someday, I want to use computer science to help improve medical technology. Outside of programming, I love reading and listening to music. I'm so excited to become part of the Kickstart family. I can't wait to meet everyone! Go Bears!

Brianna Woo

Hi everyone! My name is Brianna and I’m from Minneapolis, Minnesota. I am extremely excited to be attending Berkeley as an EECS major and enjoy California weather. Even though I have some coding experience, I am looking forward to learning new things and gaining new insight to computer science applications for companies because I want to work for a technology company in the future. I love business and entrepreneurship and was involved in business camps, start up weekends, and DECA in high school. Aside from that, I participated in Science Olympiad, Student Council, Model UN, Orchestra, and Gymnastics. I also really enjoy memes, trap music, Netflix, and food. I can’t wait to meet everyone and make some friends. Go Bears!

Hannah Yan

"Hey! I'm Hannah from a small suburb just outside of Chicago, Illinois. Though I know I'll be going into something STEM related in the college of L&S, I'm not quite sure what exactly. I have almost no computer science experience, but I'm excited to finally dip my toes into the field of this summer at CS Kickstart. With the ever-growing presence of CS, learning to program will open numerous doors for me as I explore different interests and professions. In school, my extracurriculars ranged from science olympiad to track and field to Key club. I was a leader of my school's hip-hop dance crew last year and I'm beyond excited to join the dance community at Cal. If I'm not shamelessly grooving, you can also catch me taking photos, having amateur jam sessions, appreciating a good movie, or exploring the nearby city. I'm always happy to meet new people and can't wait to learn and explore Cal with you all at CS Kickstart!"

Michelle Yang

Hello all, I am super excited to be a part of CSKickstarter! My name is Michelle Yang, and I am from Los Alamos, New Mexico. When I'm not in school, I spend my time teaching violin to elementary school students, working in the chemistry division at Los Alamos National Laboratory, playing at community events with my quartet, volunteering at the local environmental center, and playing violin in the community orchestra. Although I lack experience and knowledge in computer science (though I took a very confusing and useless CS class at a community college), I am very interesting in learning more about the ever growing and always innovative field of computer science and hope to meet others who feel the same. My intended major at Berkeley is currently Chemistry, but this could change in the future. I look forward to meeting you all!

Tiffany Yu

Hiya! My name’s Tiffany, and I’m from Millbrae, California - home to the San Francisco International Airport. I would describe myself as a swashbuckling, non-conforming, artistically inclined female leader ready to change the world! Besides being a big dreamer, I am also an oil painter, musician, videographer, artist, poet, American history buff, and a Brendon Urie fangirl. Although I’m deeply rooted in the humanities, I believe computer science and the human thought process are deeply intertwined, and a strong grasp in both is what I hope to achieve. What I find fascinating about computer science is the diversity of its applications and its limitless potential for innovation! Since I have never written a line of code in my life, I am so excited to learn and grow at CS Kickstart! I look forward to meeting all of the passionate women of the CS Kickstart community and am beyond thrilled to begin my journey at Cal!

Julia Yu

Hello! :) I'm Julia. I'm from Los Angeles, California and I plan on majoring in Computer Science (College of L&S). Besides an enthusiastic programmer, I'm an artist and a writer. One thing about me is that you can always catch me smiling or laughing; after all, there is a lot to be happy about! I love to watercolor, write calligraphy, and grow my small fashion business. I also adore animals, and dream of one day adopting a corgi. Some of my other favorite things to do is bake and travel. I have a serious case of wanderlust, and I'm actually writing this from Greece. But I'm most excited about my next destination: Berkeley! I can't wait to meet you all at CS Kickstart and learn even more about coding. Go bears!!

Rebecca Zeng

Hi everyone! My name is Rebecca, and I'm from Alhambra, CA. Though I do not have much experience in computer science yet, I find the topic extremely fascinating, as it provides the tools to allow us to build and program anything! I enjoy the amalgamation of freedom, creativity, and logical reasoning seen in the study of computer science. Aside from loving technology, I also greatly enjoy reading books such as the Harry Potter series, listening to self-help and comedic podcasts, and learning global languages and cultures. One thing I do often is experiment with everything, even if it ends badly: when I was nine years old, I exploded a microwave while trying to make nacho cheese. Finally, while I do endeavor to pursue computer science as a career, my dream career and passion lies in becoming a professional Pokémon trainer.

Alexandra Zhao

Hello world! My name is Alexandra (or Alex) Zhao, and I'm coming to Cal from Tucson, AZ. I'm originally from Ames, IA, so I'm pretty desperate to come back to the land of actually green trees and cooler weather! I love film and graphic design, but I am also in love with physics, CAD, and the environment. Therefore, I'm hoping that my major in Architecture will combine everything that I am passionate about! My interest in computer science started when I created a website in third grade, and I have only been increasingly inspired by the ways that programming, AI, and technology can change the future. I hope this glimpse into CS will allow me to positively impact more people through efficient infrastructure and design of the future city skylines.