Mentor Profile: Meet Tiffany, a CS Mentor

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Our next entry of our Mentor Profile series will be introducing you all to Tiffany, a CS mentor. She's a developer, a dancer, and ice skater. Take a few minutes to get acquainted with Tiffany and feel free to send her an email at tiffany@kinet-x.org!

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do for Kinet-X.

My name is Tiffany! Currently, I teach computer science and help students debug their programs. Something that not many people know about me is that I used to do archery and figure skating.

How’d you get into tech?

I first took an Intro to Computer Science course at my high school, despite thinking that I would not enjoy the class. But as the class progressed, I learned more about the impact and influence of computer science. I realized that the way of thinking and problem solving differed from other classes, where it’s more dependent on forward thinking and careful planning.

What were you doing before Kinet-X?

Before Kinet-X, I was a part of Stuyvesant’s Model UN team, as well their dance team where I directed the lion dance. But as my interest in tech developed, I began to take more opportunities and responsibility to immerse myself in CS. I was a part of the logistics team for Stuy Hacks where I helped to oversee the programs. In addition, I developed schedules to set up mentors to their appropriate mentees.

Who have been your greatest influences and mentors?

My greatest influencers have been my teachers at Stuy. One of them was Mr. Brown and he had taught AP Comp Sci and Software development, where I was a student of his for two years. Being in his class was one of the most transformative times in my life because I was consistently motivated to do well in the class and learn more about CS. He became a mentor to me and offered advice in life and in the tech industry.

What keeps you going?

The need for self improvement. I like having high personal standards but I especially love it when I’ve reached my goals. I am always trying to progress, whether it’s to improve my skills in a particular area or to learn something new, I see that as self-growth.

What’s been the best part of Kinet-X thus far?

Building a robot the first day :)

What’s the greatest challenge you’ve faced so far?

At Stuyvesant, I noticed that everyone has had their own set passion, and from that they’ve had years of experience in what it is that they love. When I started getting into CS, I was afraid that I would fall behind just because I was too new at it. My only work experience had been a finance internship during my junior year and it didn’t relate at all to the CS industry. Despite my personal doubts, I was so focused on self growth that I brushed off my fears.

Walk us through a typical day of yours.

I wake up early in the morning to get ready for the day, whether it’s work or school. But on days without work, I love hanging out with my close friends and spending time, now that we’ve all graduated. By the end of the day, I first go home to shower and then I eat dinner with my parents and my little brother. One of my biggest priorities is family and I value my time with them, especially knowing that soon I will be heading off to college. Some days if I have more time to myself, I spend it cooking or baking.

Where do you plan to go from here and what about college?

I will be attending University of Pennsylvania this upcoming fall, where I plan to double major in business and Computer Science. Stuyvesant has helped me gain an interest in tech, but my own interest in business still remains. I am especially excited to learn more about business analytics and market research. In the future I do hope to work at Silicon Valley for a few years before heading back to New York City.

Any parting words of wisdom?

No problem is the end of the world. Give yourself some time to work around it.