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#STEMStories: Saumya, Stack Android Developer, New Delhi

1. Introduce yourself, who are you what do you do?

I am Saumya Singh, a full Stack Android Developer and a member of Google Actions Developer Community. I am currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology from New Delhi, India.

I have been recognized as RedHat Women In Open Source Academic Award 2020 finalist based on my leadership skills and Open Source Contributions.

I have mentored students at Google's open source event Google Code In with Systers and Mifos organisation.I also guided open source enthusiasts for GSOC at KWOC'19(IIT-Kharagpur Initiative). I also joined the AnitaB.org Open Source Teams as Developer Advocate.

In short I’m a passionate developer who loves to code for the betterment of society.

2. How did you arrive at this career (or point in your life/work)? Was it always something you knew you wanted to do?

I fell in love with Science and Technology in my High School. This helped me in becoming my School’s Topper in 10th and 12th Grade. After school, I took admission in a Government Engineering College in the capital city in India.

I spent the first year of college learning new programming languages and exploring college life. I started working on real world projects from 2nd year of my college.

Real world projects include the Android and Open Source projects I developed while working in StartUps, OpenSource Competitions and Hackathons.

Having met like minded people in tech communities and coding institutes helped me excel in the tech domain.

Yes, this is the career which I wanted to do and I am loving the way I am growing with technologies. 

3. What about your job makes you jump out of bed in the morning, especially on those cold, dark mornings?

Interest!

I feel the love I possess for my work is something that makes me jump out of the bed in the morning.

“Love what you do and do what you love!” This is something I have followed since my school days. 

4. What is your personal cure for stress or how do you raise your spirits in times of doubt? Can you share a Story?

My personal cure for stress includes novels, short stories and music too. In times of doubt, I talk to my father who always gives me the right guidance.

Umm to share a story …

Way back in 2017 In the board examinations, I was very nervous. I was feeling low and was doubting my own capabilities. My father’s advice “Keep working hard for your goals and don’t bother about the future” calmed me. Fortunately, I became the school level topper of the science stream.

Motivation and a role model helps in taking a comeback if you lose track.

5. Who is your role model? If no one, any thoughts on this?

My father is my role model.

I believe positive role models influence our actions and motivate us to strive to uncover our true potentials and overcome our weaknesses. Having them pushes us to make the most of our life. 

6. What advice would you give to yourself if you could go back in time?

My advice for my younger self would be to start coding and developing good projects as early as possible. 

7. Top 3 tips for girls starting out in STEM?

Practice, Consistency and Curiosity to learn are the 3 most important points.

Apart from this, my advice would be never be afraid of anything especially new technologies or coding. They will become your best friends if you will start working on and with them.

8. How do you measure your success?

Success is “the accomplishment of an aim or purpose” according to dictionary.com.

My measure of success is proportional to the number of checks in my Diary of Dreams/Goals. 

9. Where can we find out more about your work?

Yayy, you can find me on LInkedIn and ofcourse GitHub.

I have been Top Writer of #womenInTech on Medium. To read my blogs catch me here

10. Are you social? Will you share your Twitter handle, or LinkedIn profile, or Facebook so that young women can connect with you?

Yes, you can connect with me on Twitter.