Lily was a first-year undergraduate computer science major who entered one of the top computer science departments in the country with a great deal of enthusiasm for the subject. Her interest was first sparked in high school, when she took an advanced placement computer science course at the suggestion of her guidance counselor.

"As soon as I started taking that course in programming, I realized I loved it...I absolutely loved it."

Yet by the end of her second semester, she decided to transfer to the English department.

"In high school, when Iíd go home from class, I would be like 'Oh, letís program a little.' But, now, I am just like, 'Letís not bother'."




-- The Anatomy of Interest: Women in Undergraduate Computer Science
Jane Margolis, Allan Fisher and Faye Miller