Got any advice?

I was interviewing an potential summer intern yesterday (hey college students, apply to be an intern at 10gen!) and at the end she asked me, “I’ve never been interviewed by a female programmer before. Do you have any advice for me, being a female in a computer science?”

I had no idea what to tell her. Other than specific, non-gendered stuff like “learn how to use Linux” and general platitudes like “don’t let the bastards grind you down,” I couldn’t think of anything to say. So, what advice would you give a female CS student?

The most memorable piece of advice I got in college from a female engineer was, “You will cry at work. Try to make it to the bathroom before you start bawling,” which wasn’t terribly helpful. (And I haven’t yet, HA!)

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