I studied Human Services with a concentration in Public Health. I wanted to go into nonprofit work, but my second undergrad co-op was at a software group, and I really liked that environment. Computer science is challenging, but it applies to a lot of fields and there are lots of opportunities.
The way I learned about Align was fortuitous. I was in the Curry Student Center, and Carla—the dean of CCIS—sat at my table. We got to talking, and I told her I studied computer science before switching my major and that I wished there was some way I could try again. And she just said, “Well…”
My favorite class is Object Oriented Design because we learn Java. I always use it now when I create code. I work full-time as a QA Engineer while in school, and that’s the kind of language I’m building upon. We make software for hedge funds to manage investments, and it’s really interesting.
I really like having a cohort of people to talk to. It’s great having classmates who are going through the same thing you’re going through.
The non-Align master’s students are really understanding about us being newer to computer science. They help explain things to us. I’m learning just by being around people and working on projects.
I learn UI, even though I haven’t taken Web Development. I even make a game: Frogger. I learn how to tell when an algorithm is efficient, and how to recognize and explain design patterns. It impresses my coworkers, so that’s good.