Kode with Karlie scholar Cindy Zhou has had a lifelong desire to become a mummy and an astronaut, which definitely ups her cool factor. After speaking with her, we found that her dreams and admiration stretch from Russia to Japan to worlds unknown. Read on to see what makes her tick.
What inspired you to learn to code?
I was inspired to code because of a tv show about the quick wave of computer advancements in the 80s. I thought it was amazing to see the process at which computer developed within the next decades to provide us with smart phones. The computers during the early times were so simple and I really wanted to learn how they managed to go from a black screen with green code to the graphics and programs we have today. The show just showed me the vast amount of possibilities we can accomplish through coding.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I would love to go to Russia to learn about the history of the Cold War, look at a larger collection of Fabergé eggs, and visit the Winter Palace for its extravagant art. I also want to take a trip on the Trans-Siberian Railway to experience life on a train and go on a hike to see bears.
What were your childhood dreams?
As a kid, I wanted to be an archeologist, who specializes in excavating and discovering ancient Egyptian tombs. I wanted to be like Howard Carter but it turns out stumbling across a new tomb nowadays takes a lot of luck and dedication. I just really wanted to a mummy in real life, which is something I’m still waiting to check off my bucket list.
Who is your biggest role model?
Currently, my biggest role model is Hayao Miyazaki. I love his films because the themes they convey are so deep and leave the audience with so much meaning and thought, unlike any other film. The story lines are full and multiplex with characters that are likable but flawed. There’s a certain style to the animation that is easily identifiable with his work. Although I have been watching his films since I was little, their complexity still amazes me. I hope to create something that has an everlasting impact of wonder on people just like Hayao Miyazaki.
Why is it important for young women to learn to code?
It’s important for women to learn coding because they can provide a diverse perspective in the evolution of technology. Coding is going to become a larger part of society and this skill cannot be limited to only half the population. More women need to be represented within the coding field now so they can inspire and become role models for more girls further into the future to get into coding.
Make yourself useful.