Celebrate IWD with computer science student Gopika Yedlapalli

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we caught up with Gopika Yedlapalli, a Student Circuit brand ambassador, and computer science student at Brunel University. Hear about Gopika’s experience as an international student in London, key role models and future plans.

Could you explain where your passion/interest in computer science came from?

I am fascinated by computer science because it enables me to understand and manipulate complex systems. With our reliance on technology in our daily lives, computer science has grown in importance. This has sparked an interest in learning about how computers and software work. This field is constantly evolving with new technologies and programming languages where I can always discover and learn new things.

What made you choose Brunel University for your studies?

I chose Brunel University London in the UK because it is widely regarded for its academic excellence and offers a diverse range of undergraduate programmes, many of which are in the technology field. The university places a strong emphasis on employability, providing a career development support and connections to industry partners. Additionally, the university is in the diverse and culturally rich area of London.

How have you found your experience as a female international student at university so far?

As a female international student at university, it has been a great experience so far. I joined various societies and clubs which has been a great way for me to meet new people with similar interests and make lasting connections. It allowed me to build a support network and become involved in various campus activities. I also took advantage of networking events and career fairs, to gain valuable insights into the job market and make connections with industry professionals. Participating in cultural events and activities helped me to broaden my perspectives and understand different cultures, which has been extremely beneficial to me both personally and professionally. Overall, my experience at university was incredibly rewarding, and I am grateful for all of the opportunities it provided.

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

International Women’s Day is a day of recognition, celebration, and empowerment for women worldwide. It is a time to reflect on the challenges that women face in achieving equality and empowerment. It is a reminder of the progress made towards gender equality, as well as a call to action for continued efforts to address the remaining barriers. It is a time for women to come together, share their successes, challenges, and renew their commitment to creating a equitable world for all. International Women’s day is a source of inspiration and motivation, as well as a reminder of the strength, resilience, and courage that women possess. It represents a time to celebrate the contributions of women to society, and to recognize the importance of their voices and perspectives in shaping the world around us.

Do you have any role models that have inspired your STEM journey?

My role models that have inspired my STEM journey are my parents. They supported me a lot in the early stages of my journey. They encouraged my interest in science and technology and provided me with the resources and opportunities to pursue my passion. Their guidance and advice have been instrumental in shaping my career aspirations in STEM. They have been great role models, demonstrating the importance of hard work and perseverance. Because of them, I am pursuing a career  in a STEM field and hope to make a positive impact.

What is your favourite thing about computer science?

My favourite thing in computer science is for its endless opportunities for creativity and innovation. I enjoy the feeling of satisfaction that comes from problem-solving, and being part of a constantly evolving industry. With technology advancing rapidly, there are always new tools and techniques to learn, keeping me engaged and motivated. The logical and analytical skills required in coding make it fulfilling, while problem-solving challenges me to think outside the box. Critical thinking is also essential, requiring careful analysis and evaluation of information. Overall, the combination of technical skills and creativity make computer science a fulfilling, favourite and exciting field.

What are your plans after your degree?

After finishing my computer science degree, I plan to apply for jobs in the tech industry where I can apply my knowledge and skills. I’d like to work for innovative companies that prioritise technology for social good. I want to learn from experienced professionals and contribute to exciting projects. Also, I plan to continue learning and aim to develop my skills further. I want to gain experience in different areas of computer science, such as artificial intelligence and cyber security. Ultimately, I aspire to take on leadership roles and contribute to the development of innovative technologies that can make a positive impact on society.

Why have you chosen to be a brand ambassador at Student Circuit?

I chose to be a Student Circuit ambassador to stay connected with the student community and contribute to initiatives that benefit my peers. This role allows me to stay updated with the latest trends and developments while also sharing my experiences and insights. I can develop my leadership and communication skills, engage with diverse students, and represent a platform that offers valuable resources. Moreover, I can promote relevant events and opportunities in the tech industry. Overall, this role provides a learning experience and a way to make a positive impact on the student body.