This semester, part of the work I'm doing for the school/National Science Foundation involves going to local high schools and giving a 'yay computer science!' speech. Sample slide:
News flash: I sort of think it is for nerds. I've got this whole presentation that revolves around fancy-ing it up, making it seems cool... but it's not. Being a rugby player is cool. Being a drummer is cool. Being an astronomer is cool. Being a computer scientist is not cool.
That is precisely why I'm going into it.
I always wanted to be Queen of the Nerds.