What I do all day, as told to a first-year CS student

A few weeks ago, I had the fun and thought-provoking experience of being interviewed about my career by a first-year college student. Conducting an interview with someone who has a career in computing was a homework assignment for her intro CS course.

We did the interview by email, and my interviewer graciously agreed to let me post our conversation here as well. A slightly edited version follows. (In this interview, I did my best to answer the questions in a way that would be helpful and relevant to first-year college students like my interviewer and her peers; for a different audience — say, older or younger, or with more or less computing experience — I might have phrased things differently.)