A Bite Out of the Big Apple

After a long bus ride last Sunday afternoon, the TechGirls finally arrived in sultry New York City. Having just completed a fun and jam-packed week of coding and game design at iD Tech Camp at Towson University in Maryland, the TechGirls were thrilled to shift into the professional and eclectic hustle and bustle of New York City. Upon their arrival, the TechGirls were instantly captivated by the bright lights of Times Square but they soon found that New York City has more to offer than spectacle alone.

The NYC schedule was intense but rewarding. Mornings were early and evenings were late. The TechGirls were positive each step of the way, deeply engaging with each individual they met, and asking important questions.

During an early morning session with Ellie Zeitlin and Baylee Greenberg of DoSomething.org, TechGirl Yosr Mahfoudi of Tunisia asked, “What are the limits of your organization?”

Mahfoudi’s question is similar to the questions many of us ask ourselves–What are the limits to how much we can do? As TechGirls? As innovators? As the presidents or leaders of our nations? As regular human beings in our families and communities? For ourselves?

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While attending meetings, workshops, and meeting with experts in STEM fields, the TechGirls have collected myriad pieces of advice on both how to achieve and define success. In each story they hear, a recurring theme is evident: the importance of setting goals and determining the necessary steps to reach them. While not a single person the TechGirls have met with yet have said that reaching one’s goals is ever easy, almost all of them have said that with the proper mix of imagination and determination, there are no limits to what we can do–no matter who we are.