By Heather Curry
Chantel Garcia became interested in coding during her first year at uni.
“I was really into art, and enjoyed using coding to create websites with transitions and moving art – it built on my passion.”
Chantel studied Computer Science and Information Technology and Systems at Monash University, where she was a part of the Google Student Ambassador program, running events on campus to draw students’ attention to programming competitions and other opportunities. “It was great getting like-minded people together to share ideas about the ‘next big thing’ in CS.”
At uni, she was also a member of Google-sponsored networking group, Monash Girl Geek Coffee Club, and worked on a range of mobile and web development projects. This included an app that finds restaurants catering to certain dietary requirements.
It’s always worth getting involved, she says. “Seize every opportunity – you never know who you’ll meet or what you’ll learn.”
Chantel is now a software development engineer at Microsoft in the USA. “If you’re passionate about what you do, the doors will open for you.”
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