At the time, I had no clue what this wish would do for me. I thought it would be a fun day that I’d remember forever, but I never imagined the opportunities it would lead me to.
My wish was to spend a couple hours with Karlie Kloss to discuss coding while baking, a shared interest of ours. The day was filled with nothing but happiness, laughter, and inspiration. I told Karlie about an idea I had for an app: a platform to connect the chronically ill community. From that day on, she continued to support my dream and mission.
In November of 2018, I launched my app, inVISABLE, on the app store after coding for 18 months straight. Coding inVISABLE was way harder than I could have ever imagined but having someone like Karlie cheering me on kept me going. Not only did I have Karlie by my side, but I had a whole community of fearless female coders backing me up. For three summers I was a Teaching Assistant for Karlie’s coding school, Kode With Klossy, and the girls I taught were a constant motivation for me. I knew women were capable of changing the male stereotype of the tech field but coming back each summer to more and more girls with an interest in coding proved that not only are we capable of it, but we are doing it.
I am now a freshman at Washington University in St. Louis pursuing a major in Psychology with a double minor in Computer Science and Human Computer Interaction. My wish helped me reached this goal and gave me the confidence to enter a field that is male dominated.