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Women Who Reign: Ashi Agrawal

“If your life’s work can be accomplished in a lifetime, you’re not thinking big enough.” – Wes Jackson

Tell us about yourself along with a fun fact!
I’m a junior at Stanford University majoring in computer science and minoring in dance. Over the past couple of years, I’ve been honored to do a lot of cool things. Some highlights are choreographing a student-written musical, studying abroad in Florence, co-directing TreeHacks, developing an app for Safecity, and working for some exciting and innovative companies, like Facebook, the Westly Foundation, and Aunt Flow.
Fun fact – I used to competitively play chess.

What # would define your life journey?
#NeverGiveUp #JustDoIt

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Favorite website / app:
I almost always have Messenger, Spotify, and Asana open. They are crucial to getting things done for me!

Someone who inspires you and knowledge they have imparted:
One of my favourite artists and inspirations is Frida Kahlo, who was so incredibly resilient. Even in the face of numerous chronic medical issues, she was fiercely independent and took pride in her unique experience. I often look to her to remind myself of the strength of being female and to continue to cherish and celebrate my differences.

Song that makes you want to dance:
“Havana” by Camila Cabello

Challenge you’ve faced and how you overcame it:
Working on the Safecity app was one of the first times I had a lot of direction over the design and execution of the project. While it was pretty well-scoped in the end product, there were a lot of conceptual questions to grapple with and no easy guide to help me fix things. There were many points in the project when I would come up against some bug that StackOverflow couldn’t help me with or feel like our current approach wasn’t working. In every single case, the fix came from going over the implementation or the design with some of my other team members or a mentor of mine to walk through the bug or the feature I couldn’t figure out. When it comes to technical work in particular, asking colleagues and mentors is invaluable.

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Ideal Job:
In 10 years, just as now, my focus is to be on creating impact. Tech has a unique power to scale impact, and I see myself harnessing its power to tackle inequity and build people up.

What knowledge would you impart to women in order for them to REIGN their lives?
Be proud of who you are and what you have done. This can be easier said than done, but focus on being the best version of yourself, and you will truly reign your life.

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