Last year, BASIS Independent Silicon Valley had its first graduating class. Recently we had the opportunity to interview Saveree Joshipura ’16, about her experiences at University of San Diego and her time at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley. Here’s what she had to say:

Q: What is your major? How did you discover this is what saveree2.jpgyou wanted to study?
SP: My dad is an engineer, and I was pretty fascinated by his office since childhood. I knew from third grade I would end up majoring in a science—it seemed a natural fit for me. My parents introduced me to Java programming in freshmen year of high school and I loved it. I didn't think I would enjoy Computer Science but after taking a few Computer Science course, I was hooked. My best friend, Shweta, from BISV organized a hackathon at Microsoft during our senior year, and it showed me how important it is to have women in Computer Science/Engineering fields.

Q: How did BISV prepare you for college? Can you give some specific examples?
SP: There are many ways BISV prepared us for college. We had a fantastic college counselor from the start of our high school experience. He guided us through every step of the way, yet gave us the independence to make our own choices. Because we had counseling from an early start, the final goal of “college" was always in the back of our heads. I studied diligently for a test, just knowing that I was being led on the right track. The teachers were also extremely supportive and understanding. They would not assign a test the weekend of SAT/ACT. They would not do anything to put us down, but instead encourage us to work harder.

Q: What recommendations do you have for current BISV students?
SP: There are lots of STEM learning opportunities. It’s a well-paying field. BUT, not everyone can be a Computer Scientist/Doctor. There are thousands of majors, but BISV students tend to focus on two of them. I always say it’s the “Bay Area culture,” which is quite narrow-minded. Just because you live in Hollywood doesn’t mean you have to become an actor. Similarly, just because you live in the Silicon Valley doesn’t mean you need to be affiliated with the world of technology. In the long run, will you really enjoy coding for the next 50 years of your life? Will you really enjoy 10 years of schooling to become a doctor? It matters HOW you do, not WHAT you do.

Q: In a brief statement can you explain “What BASIS Independent Silicon Valley means to me?"
SP: To me, BASIS Independent Silicon Valley means quality education, lifetime lasting friendships, and the most supportive environment.