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WISE students explore Google
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From the computer to real life, students had the unique opportunity to visit the New York City Google Headquarters last week as part of the School's Exploration Day.

From the computer to real life, students had the unique opportunity to visit the New York City Google campus last week as part of the School's Exploration Day.

Last Thursday, as one of four Women In Science and Engineering trips, a select number of students spent the day at Google. Arranged by WISE Program Director Kate Seyboth, WISE students spent the day touring the office, participating in a coding activity and listening to a Q&A by a panel of employees, learning the ins and outs of how Google runs.

"Being able to visit Google was almost unreal," Ashley Harlow '19 said. "I couldn't quite comprehend the trip until we walked into the lobby. Seeing an office filled with little references to video games and movies really brought the idea of Google being a place where everyday people worked and not just a company that most of the world relies on."

After a short tour of one of the floors of the office, followed by a presentation, students participated in a coding activity where they made a search engine that brought up little phrases with key words found in the search.

"My favorite part of the day was the coding activity," Ashley said. "I had forgotten how much I loved to code and it really rekindled my passion for building and creating programs and devices. It made me want to code and create as much as possible so that I won't forget that passion again."

Ashley explained that the experience opened her eyes to the fact that you don't always need to follow the traditional path to find a career you love.

"If you find something you like and put in all the effort you can, you can make it no matter how you get there from your starting point," Ashley said.