I originally thought I wanted to be an English and Spanish major because I was really interested in languages, but I quickly realized that the lack of "right answers" was way too frustrating. Also, essays were definitely invented by Satan.
Then, I saw my roommate coding, and I thought it looked interesting. My brother is also a programmer, so I asked both of them about it, and then decided to try it. What really drew me in was that coding is like solving a puzzle and I love puzzles. Not only that, but coding also sort of has different languages, so my love of language is still present and being used, even if it's in a different way.
So far, I haven't noticed anything drastically different about being a female in computer science as opposed to being male. Every time I tell someone I'm a computer science major, they seem to get really impressed, but I'm not sure if that's because I'm female, or just because they think computer science seems really difficult. I'm a little worried that once I start working, I may encounter some ugly stereotypes, since my brother has worked in the computer science field and has told me that there are a lot of times when women are underestimated in terms of skill level.