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Anika Bahl

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Bahl ’24: Keeping ‘Women in STEM’ in STEM

After a year of online school, I was stunned when I walked into the first class of my sophomore year, an upper-level computer science lecture of 70 students. I couldn’t see a single other woman in the classroom. I scanned the room a few times, then felt relief as I found at least a couple of female ...

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Bahl ’24: We need new design strategies for older adults

A few years ago, I saw one of my grandfather’s friends copying an email into a Microsoft Word document word-by-word so that he was re-pasting the entire body of text. I curiously asked what he was doing, and he said that he needed to print out the email so he was painstakingly transferring it over ...

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Bahl ’24: The drawbacks of our modern media habits

On a trip home this weekend, I — for the first time in a long time — found myself sitting down to watch something on an actual television screen. I had never seriously considered buying a TV for college, but it was jarring to me how little I noticed the absence of one. I initially thought to ...

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Bahl ’24: Make tech adaptable to foster inclusivity

When I try to check in for international flights online, I’m not always able to. The country of birth listed on my passport — Hong Kong — is only sometimes listed as an option when selecting a country, depending on the airline. When it isn’t, I have to head to the airport early, explain to ...

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Bahl ’24: Salary versus science when choosing a career in tech

Like many other computer science concentrators at Brown, I began searching for a summer internship early last fall. In the weeks leading up to winter break, I saw many of my peers notify their LinkedIn connections that they would be spending their summers working for top tech companies. To my surprise, ...

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Bahl ’24: Big data isn’t always better

From popular Reddit threads to the discussions that happen in my own computer science classes, “big data”  — the usage of large-scale datasets to extract patterns — has become one of the hottest buzzwords in tech. Big data holds incredible potential, enabling insights of unprecedented ...

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