by Jasmine Tsai
"The one thing that I wish I had known about computer science (and programming more generally) earlier is that it is a profoundly creative and interdisciplinary pursuit. What you choose to apply your problem-solving to is something that demands great ingenuity in how one transforms patterns of the physical world into a digital distillation. Coding is a process of both synthesis and genesis; not only is it guided by rules and syntax, but also something you create from scratch (like you would with a painting or a novel).
"Many people talk about programming as being incredibly self-empowering--that the aspect they love the most is how they are able to build anything for themselves. That much is true, but the even better part is how you will also be able to offer that ability to anybody’s idea. Code is not everything, but an application can serve as the careful and intelligent distillation of someone’s vision that others can then further rally around. It is an incredibly giving and powerful skill that everyone should be entitled to have"
Via Jim Lerman, Bonnie Bracey Sutton