My name is Zeenya, and I recently turned fifteen. I like anime, manga, music, and art, which contributed to my interest in graffiti. My ancestry is El Salvadorian, but I was born in Burbank, California and raised in Koreatown in downtown Los Angeles. I attend the Downtown Magnet High School, where I came to learn about the USC Upward Bound Math/Science program. Since the 9th grade, I’ve been involved with this program.
When I first began practicing website development, I focused on the basic html codes that changed color and text. In the summer of 2007 I learned more about Dreamweaver, which allows for more creativity in website design. My instructor taught me how to utilize the program to enhance my website and how important it is to save and check the codes every single time a change is made. Most of the problems I encountered were with errors in the codes and tables. My personal page was pure horror when I first completed it, but with extra time and effort, I was able to make it attractive and cohesive. Throughout the entire process, I struggled with the html code and the layout because website development was completely new to me. However, after the frustration passed and I’d learned from my mistakes, the process became much more fun. The experience has inspired me to look into technology related careers, which are traditionally underrepresented by women and people of color.