Su interned at Instagram, Microsoft, and Raptor Maps before joining the Google Maps team as a software engineering intern. Even though she is now a rising senior at MIT with a lot of programming experience, she didn’t begin her journey knowing the most in the room.
"All the boys I knew growing up talked constantly about their Lenovos, Motorola Razrs, and Minecraft servers. I could beat them at algebra but couldn’t tell you the first thing about computers. So I started teaching myself how to code, mostly out of spite, but also because I wanted to make my Neopets page look cooler. I didn’t get exposed to computer science or software engineering until halfway through my freshman year of college, when I decided to take an intro web development class on a whim. I ended up hacking together a language-learning platform with some friends. It was incredibly empowering to bootstrap an app with almost no prior knowledge. Being able to see your own logic manifest itself into tangibles that can help further the world is still one of the reasons I’m in tech today."
Source of Inspiration: Su is endlessly inspired by the people around her who pour everything they have into what they do, whether that’s a passion project or a 45-minute workout class.
Book Recommendation: Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann