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Profile: Marily Nika, PhD student, Imperial College

Marily Nika is a 2nd year PhD student in the Department of Computing at Imperial College, London. Originally from Greece, Marily received the Anita Borg Google Scholarship in 2011 which has enabled her to move to London.

Why did you decide to study Computer Science?

I was 4 years old and I remember myself watching my older brother playing the original Prince of Persia game (1989) on his Intel 80286. Ever since, I have had an underlying desire to fully understand and learn what it was that made a human being able to give flesh and thought to a machine. I am still not able to fully understand this but it still excites me.

I do not believe there is anything more exciting that being able to study a subject which teaches you how to turn an idea into a device, how to load the debugger in order to make it work, and then face the hugely satisfying endeavour of seeing a product emerge.

What excites you most about your studies/career?

Technology is such a broad field and it has many specialisations within each discipline that can allow one to have endless possibilities when it comes to careers. No two days will be exactly the same – science and technology allows you to choose your own adventure and this is something that will never change.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time I enjoy playing the piano, video games and sketching. I also love with travelling and meeting new people.

Do you have any advice for young people looking to study STEM subjects?

Believe in your own abilities and have the strength to always take on challenges.

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