Major: Computer Science
Minors: Computer Information Technology
Graduated May 2020
Why Computer Science Department?
My interest in Computer Science began when I took my first programming course in high school. At the time, I did not know the different career paths that it could lead to. Since coming to college, I have realized the versatility of this major and how you can apply it to any field of study, career path or even just creating solutions to personal problems.
Throughout these past four years, I have been fortunate enough to participate in a wide variety of activities such as research assistantship, teaching assistantship, STEM ambassador, Cyber Defense team, ACM team, and internships.
I have had two internships, one as a Jr. Java Developer at Promevo LLC and the second as a Software Engineering Intern at Great American Insurance Group. I was given a wide range of tasks from debugging codes in existing features to developing and testing new features. Both internships allowed me to apply the theories I had learned in the classroom to the real world. In addition, it gave me the opportunity to get one-on-one advice from senior professionals in my field.
By participating in the NKU Cyber Defense team and the ACM team, I have improved my critical thinking, problem solving and time management skills as I got to compete in different competitions. Being part of these teams also helped me make new friends that had similar interests to mine and allowed me to create a sense of community at NKU.
I would recommend students to get hands-on experience in their related fields. This can be through research, internships, hackathons, open source projects or personal projects. I would say internships were the most valuable for me because it allowed me to work in the industry and gave me an insight on how life would be like after graduation. I would also encourage students to join on-campus organizations so that they can meet other students in their field. Lastly, I strongly advise that students should never be afraid to show their achievements whether at school or at work. People cannot recognize your work and reward you for it if you do not show your accomplishments. So, make sure to get to know your professors outside of the classroom and utilize resources such as LinkedIn to highlight your experiences and accomplishments.
After Graduation Plans
My plan after graduation is to join Google in their Software Engineering Residency program in Mountain View, California!