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Willa

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My Background

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.

My Background

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…”

Bridge

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.

Bridge

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.

Masters

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.

Masters

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.

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