Women in Computing

Good morning, everybody! A few days ago, I was feeling a little down regarding my choice of career: Computer Science, and I wrote a post about Women in Computing on Tumblr. It has always been seen as a man’s line of work, more than a woman’s, and even today women are disregarded in this field. I have even been prejudiced by classmates as the one who doesn’t do her work and lets her partner do it all.

See, I have done approximately a 75% of all the overall work of all the projects (counting individual AND in pairs). I have even done a project that was not mine, to begin with. So, I started to think this morning and I came to realize, this is a woman’s profession just as it is a man’s. I am vastly aware that this is not the only field in which women are not popularly known, of course. But it is the one that bothers me personally most.

I also wrote a Twitter thread about the most known women in Computer Science, even if most people don’t even know of their existence. Still, at least one of them rings a bell. As I feel the need to share this with the world, I will be adding it all here. They are not in any particular order, anyway, enjoy.

1. Ada Lovelace

The one and only, Ada. She was the first person to believe computers wouldn’t just compute, but could also have other applications. She created the first computer algorithm despite not being able to try it since the Babbage Engine was not finished. Despite that, she is the world’s most known woman in this field.

2. Grace Hopper

An American navy admiral who was also the inventor of the first compiler, and she also executed the first debug. She has had broad recognition, for example, she is one of the first 10 people to be “senior programmers”, and she is the first woman of any nationality and first American to be made a Distinguished Fellow of the British Computer Society.

3. Hedy Lamarr

Oh, you’re going to love her. She is the one who you have to thank for if you use WiFi or GPS. She was a genius and an actress, she was also the first female orgasm on cinematography history.

She was married to a German Nazi and learned about all that they had to say. Further on, she had an American lover who loved to play the xylophone and, as she switched sides, she used the xylophone as inspiration to jump from frequency to frequency within the radio so the Nazis couldn’t catch her as she gave information to the enemy.

4. Margaret Hamilton

You might have seen her standing next to a huge amount of stacked papers, the ones that have the code written by her (and her team) to take Apollo 11 to the moon. Apollo 11 had a critical point in its mission, where the guidance computer started turning in errors and had to postpone some tasks that could not be attended in real time. Margaret, with the help of her team, created the asynchronous flight software. She was also CEO of her co-founded business HOS (High Order Software).

She is still alive to this day and she is also still being recognized, the last thing on her Wikipedia dates to this past April.

5. Joan Clarke

Have you ever heard of Alan Turing? She is the only woman who worked in his team at Bletchley Park. She reached deputy head at some point, but because of her gender, she wouldn’t reach any higher and would be paid less than her other mates. Side note: Alan Turing proposed to her although he had admitted his homosexuality to her. Long after he died, she worked for GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters).

If you’d like to learn about more women in computing, you can see a timeline on this link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_in_computing.

I would like anyone who reads this to please stop stereotyping this field as a man’s line of work. Women like the ones above need to be given the chance to shine in Computer Science.


Image by Rocher Institute of Technology.


October Calendar 2017

October is just around the corner!!! I hope you are all enjoying your autumn or spring, depending on where you live. Knowing this, I created a calendar that would combine autumn and spring somehow. The watercolor graphics are made by the amazingly talented Terrie Gass! She is a sweetheart and she truly is a great artist, so do check her out.

You can download this calendar for free through this link and enjoy it as much as you like! I will be posting this as well on my Tumblr blog. If you use them, please give this a like and take a picture of how you’re using it with the hashtag #iquotecollegegirl or #mariastudying. I will be posting the November calendar at the end of the month, so keep an eye out for that!

Like, comment and share if you enjoyed this calendar and want more like this one! Any suggestion and feedback would be lovely. Best wishes, x.


September Calendar 2017

I know I posted a few days ago, but I really wanted to share with you guys this design I made a couple of weeks ago. The watercolor graphics are made by the amazingly talented Terrie Gass! She is a sweetheart and she truly is a great artist, so do check her out.

You can download this calendar for free through this link and enjoy it as much as you like! I will be posting this as well on my Tumblr blog. If you use them, please give this a like and take a picture of how you’re using it with the hashtag #iquotecollegegirl or #mariastudying. Of course, I’ll be posting the rest of the year’s months’ calendars, so keep an eye out.

Like, comment and share if you enjoyed this calendar and want more like this one! Any suggestion and feedback would be lovely. Best wishes, x.

Back To School: Stationery Haul

First things first, THANK YOU SO MUCH for visiting my star post: Ultimate Back To School Post for University Students. The amount of pins on Pinterest is absolutely insane, despite it being 2 years old.

Now, on to what this post is about: stationery. I consider this the best part about going back to school season. Whether or not you’re in school, everybody likes to get their work done with aesthetically pleasing supplies in a nice, clean desk. Some people even become more productive this way, and surprise, surprise, I’m one of those people.

I have been gathering the most aesthetic of my stationery ever since I started university, and this year my pile of things has just grown bigger. Therefore, I thought I’d share this with those people that obsess over stationery just like me.


1. Muji 0.38mm gel ink pens

Minimalistic, clean, good quality pens that will make your writing look ever so neat. They come in different point sizes: 0.38, 0.5 and 0.7mm. Additionally, you can also find a “smooth writing” version of these pens over here, though these only come in 0.5mm and they are a bit more expensive.

I bought a 10-piece set of these in black through Amazon, you can find the deal here. My first time ever buying them, I bought the 0.5mm pens and I knew I’d never look back. If you can afford them and you want a freakishly neat-looking handwriting, do check them out.


2. 15-piece set of double-point Zebra Mildliners

I know, I know, why would you need 15 highlighters ever in your life? Easy: color coding and planner/bullet journal creativity. You will never regret this purchase if you do any of those two things. Not only do each of the colors look incredible on any kind of paper, but they also are smooth to use. They do not bleed much, if at all, and you can clip any of the two points’ cap on the other. I absolutely recommend these beautiful, neat and useful highlighters, which you can buy here.


3. 6 sets of 10 sticky tabbed notes + any other sticky notes

This is my first time buying these, though Amazon has recommended me to purchase them ever since I started ordering stationery. This year, I finally bought them and I know I will love them. I feel like I will be using them for whenever I’m studying and a lot of questions start coming up, or perhaps for when I want to extract the main points of what I’m studying or the exam-type of questions that will be coming out of those particular notes.

Even though they’re currently unavailable, here is the link for you to check them out. The other sticky notes are from a store called Folder, though I can’t find a link to the exact item.


4. Planner/bullet journal accessories

The moment I saw these washi, I knew they were for me. Scrolling through Amazon recommendations, I also saw these beautiful stickers (there are 15 sheets in the pack) and both articles were for sure going to be in my cart. The washi looks INCREDIBLE, I am very picky about washi ever since last year’s, which I didn’t like and you’ll see soon the difference between the two, and these just look so beautiful and I’m dying to try them out. As a kid, I loved my stickers and when I saw these, they reminded me of that time and they look like the grown up version of the ones I used to like.

Here are the links to the washi and the stickers!


5. Set of 4 pencil cases

These I had also seen a couple years ago and I wanted to buy them, but I saw another, bigger pencil case that at the time was better for me. They aren’t the biggest of pencil cases yet they’re four, so you can have your pens and whichever other items distributed among them. I’ve already planned a few, promising distributions that I’m dying to try.

Here is the link to the Amazon deal (they’re super cheap)!


6. Past purchases

6.1. Stabilo pens and highlighters

I’ve been buying these every time I get a chance. No matter which store I step into, if there are Stabilo stationery items, you sure know I’m going to grab a few. They’re of really good quality although I still find them to bleed through paper more than other alternatives.

6.2. Random, small, squared sticky notes + sticky tabs

Can anyone ever get enough sticky notes and tabs? I don’t think so. You love them, I love them, everyone loves them. They’re useful! You can scribble something you really need to get done and stick it anywhere: your bullet journal, your desktop… You can even pin it on your pin board. They even make you feel productive when you take them down, make a ball out of them and throw them in the trash.

6.3. Last year’s Primark clip set

I didn’t really need these but they looked so beautiful and I was in the mood to get some stationery with the back-to-school YouTube hauls and other videos. When I stepped into the stationery aisle when I was hunting for a good pair of jeans at Primark, they were doomed to be in my cart. I would’ve bought even more stuff but my parents’ glare made it clear that I was already going overboard.

6.4. Last year’s Ale-Hop washi tape

Now, they’re beautiful washi and all but they can easily rip and they’re very much transparent on the “white” sections. I was a newbie with the washi world but I saw them and, again, I fell in love with them. I felt happy buying them and using them on my spreads and they don’t even look half bad.

This is all I’ve got for this stationery “haul” post (for now *side-eye*). Make sure to check out my other posts for your back-to-school essentials and tips overall! Stay productive, and as my new washi says, it always seems impossible until it’s done.

Like, comment and share if you enjoyed this post and want more like this one! Any suggestion and feedback would be lovely. Have a lovely day and school year, x.

How to Handle a Huge Workload in University

I just happen to go through this all the time, so I might as well try to give advice about what to do when you have so much work to do that you want to cry while clutching your pillow like a lifesaver.

1. Clean your desk

I can’t stress this enough. I always include this in ALL of my posts for the sole reason of how actually important this is. Stick with this: clean desk, clear mind. It is no joke, I can confirm this to be an actual thing.

In case you need some inspiration, check my Office Pinterest board. I am quite jealous of most of those desks, but it still inspires me to make my own desk look appealing to me, and therefore make me feel productive enough to get to work.

2. Organize your work

Before you go all in and start stressing about what to do first… Gather all that you have to do, write it down and prioritize. There is no better way to succeed than to do this. As you are giving your work precedence, you might want to check out this masterpost on Tumblr about how to organize your work more thoroughly: organisation by areistotle.

I usually gather them by subjects into stacks of notebooks and papers and bring those with the most importance closer towards my position on the desk, or even slap a post-it with a number on it to know which subject goes next.

3. Chop it into bite-sized bits

Now that you’re all organized and your desk is clean, get comfy on your seat because you’re going to gather your organized chunks of work and separate each individual task that you have: create notes, reading an amount of pages, an essay, a presentation… Make it as atomic as possible. For example, if you have to do a presentation, divide the presentation’s sections so that you can do them in different sessions but still get some quality work done.

4. Schedule them in

This is really up to you, actually, since everyone knows how they get most work done. However, I highly recommend switching between hard and easy bits of work from different subjects, though keeping in mind the precedence you have established upon them.

If you’re a procrastinator such as I, “trick” yourself into doing the smallest bits of work first. Once you start, you can keep tricking yourself saying “just this one more and I’ll take a break!” and so on.

Obviously, whenever you come across a problem or a question you can’t seem to get an answer for, ask your professors and classmates! Don’t let that stop you, and carry on with another task while you can’t move forwards.

5. Get down to it!

You have already accomplished cleaning, organizing, chunking, and scheduling all of your work, you know what you have to do and when you have to do it. Now, get down to it! Grab your stationery, your laptop/tablet or whatever and do all of those things that will get you closer to your goal.

Always remember to stay hydrated, clean and comfortable – it will make studying so much more enjoyable. Every hour or so, get up from your desk and go for a small walk around the house, talk to your family, get on social media… And most of all, good luck!

I hope that this helped any of you that have a huge amount of work to get through. Feel free to like and comment on this post (or any other, for that matter), and follow this blog for more posts like this (whenever I come around to write them). Loads of love, x.

Learn How To Fail In University

…And get past it.

Hey, all of you cuties! I have been long for a while, I know I said I would be posting more, but as you know, university steals all of one’s time. During this period of time, I have learned I did not know half as much as I thought I did, and people were not going to be there to solve it for me just like they would in high school. Sure, professors have tutoring scheduled during the week, but that doesn’t mean you will get things sorted within the span of an hour.

What I really would like to pass on would be the ability to fail and move past it.

Let’s get into situation here. A test did not go as planned, you have studied thoroughly (or maybe not) and things have piled up, you are stressed and you really need to lay down and cry for a while. Well, here are some simple steps to follow at this point.

1. Cry. Hard.

I know this sounds like a really bad thing to say, but you need to cry it out. Really, it helps to cry and feel like you’re too small for this, like you’re not smart enough, like you just won’t make it any time soon. It helps because you need to let those feelings out. If you can, talk about it with someone who you’re comfortable crying in front of.

2. Organize and clean your living/working space

In order to move on from failure, you will need a clean start – a clean slate. Put on some upbeat music and give your space a thorough cleaning. It will help you get rid of the feeling of failure.

It does not matter how long it takes. I repeat, it does not matter how long it takes for you to finish organizing and cleaning your space. Healing takes time, so use it (wisely). Do not use that time to procrastinate, play video games or whatever.

3. Gather the work that you haven’t passed

Take every single sheet of paper that you have used to study. Even the ones you have scribbled on. Now, organize it by subjects if there are more than one. Take each subject and make it organized enough for you to know where everything is. You will be revising this later, so you might want to make it comfortable for you to look at. If needed, get rid of paper you will not be using or use it to scribble on when you need to.

4. Organize your time

Your time is precious. As I said at the beginning of this post, in university you barely know what’s going on or where your hours go to. I have plenty of posts for you to scroll through and gather whatever you need to in order to organize yourself, whether it’s an agenda, a bullet journal, or anything else you might need.

Now, if you have new subjects, make them a priority. Of course, you don’t want your past mistake to carry on throughout the rest of your studying. After you have set your priorities straight, you will want to schedule the subject(s) you haven’t passed in the spaces you might have available.

5. Get to work

That is it!! Well, not really. Now is when the hard part comes, you need to actually get down to do some actual studying. You have no time to waste, but do not make it your life. You can finish university in a few more years time if that is what it takes. You need to go out moderately, you need to socialize at the same time you study and grow academically. Otherwise, you will not grow as a person altogether.

I hope that this helped all of you that have a problem like this (such as myself). Feel free to like and comment on this post (or any other, for that matter), and follow this blog for more posts like this (whenever I come around to write them).

Back to School: agendas and calendars

As you all may have noticed, I have a bit of a soft spot for back to school. I love preparing myself for the next academic year full of memories to come. I myself have ordered one in the list you are about to see.

I know that different parts of the globe start school at different times, so I’m doing some more posts about these until mid September.

Agendas / calendars

There are plenty of possibilities for you to get your day, week or month organized. These will be my categories:

  • Bullet journals

If you don’t know what bullet journals are, here you have the official page: bulletjournal. It is an amazing way to be organized and creative. You can spend as much time as you please doing these, but of course, do remember that you won’t have any made guides on your book to do this. This might be a pro or a con for you.

  1. Leuchtturm in medium black
  2. Northbook
  3. Rhodia in black
  4. Moleskine classic in black
  • Agendas and planners

Agendas and planners can come in incredible shapes, colors and prints, so there’s plenty for you to choose from. There is of course a long list to these, so I’ll cut them out to five.

  1. Ban.do agendas (there are so many!!)
  2. Kate Spade agendas (so classy and elegant)
  3. Lilly Pulitzer agendas
  4. DaySpring agendas
  5. Erin Condren’s LifePlanners (you actually customize these!)
  • Wall calendars

Though I’ve never tried these, I know some people really do enjoy these. I’m choosing some as my favorite because I’d definitely try them out.

  1. A chalkboard one that looks very good
  2. Blue Sky cute colorful one
  3. Blue Sky blue polka-dotted one
  4. A smaller one which is magnetic and dry erasable
  5. ProMAG smaller purple polka-dotted one
  • Printables

I have mentioned these in another post regarding (mostly) a univeristy point of view of the two weeks of so before entering school yet again. Printables are a lovely resource to have in your computer for when you really do need them. If, for example, you can’t afford to have agendas, planners, bullet journals or wall calendars – or if you simply don’t want to, you can always go for printables.

I do really recommend these for everyone, since it helps a lot with all your organizing and scheduling for either the day, week, month or semester.

There are so, so many that I can’t possibly know which are the best of all the world wide web. I do, however, know of some great printables that I already listed in the post I told you about (as well as some self-promo.)

I really hope you enjoyed this post and have gathered enough links that might be useful for you or someone you know of that is looking for these. Please, like this post and write a comment if you wish to. I’d really appreciate a share from you, too, or a follow! I would so love to read some of your content!! All the love, x.