Student, Class of 2018
Klamath Falls, Oregon

Awards/Accomplishments while at Oregon Tech: Outstanding Community Service Nominee

Why did you choose Oregon Tech?

I left my first college after one semester and moved back home. My mom encouraged me to keep taking classes while I figured out what my next step would be. I chose the Software program because I thought computers were “cool.” I fell in love with the CSET department and became part of the family - I never considered going anywhere else after that. 

What do you like most about your program?

By far the greatest thing about the Software program and CSET department is the family atmosphere. The professors have an open-door policy so we can talk to them basically any time they’re not in class, they even host pizza study sessions and code parties. Our professors are so much more than just teachers – they’re life coaches, mentors, and second parents. 

What are you passionate about changing within this particular field and why?

There are so many stigmas related to the computer science/engineering industry and I’d love to see those dissipate. Like any stereotype, a very low number of the people in CSET and in the career field actually fall into the basement-dwelling, anti-social, nerd category. I think it can make people undervalue and discredit people in the technology industry and would be great if we were able to help turn the tide.  

What would be your dream job?

My dream job is to be a user interface specialist or consultant. I love the design aspect of programming and I think that a lot of good programmers struggle with creativity. That's definitely my forte and I hope I can apply it in industry someday.

What have been some of your favorite classes and why?

Honestly, my favorite classes have been those related to my Human Interaction minor. I've learned so much about communication and in my program, those aren't skills we capitalize on. I firmly believe that you can be the best programmer in the world, but if you can't be a good team member and have good communication with those around you, no one will want to work with you. I strive to apply those interaction concepts every day in school and at work.

Are you involved on campus? If so, how?

I'm a CSET Ambassador which means I help with CSET outreach events whether it's Code For A Day or going to community colleges in Southern Oregon to speak with students about transferring to OIT. I'm also the CSET Media Coordinator and help make graphics for the Purvine TV and flyers for events. I also work as a CSET TA and grader, for Athletics as tech support, and for the recruiting office. I previously worked in the Registrar's office and for Campus Safety. I'm also a member of the Society of Women Engineers.  

Have you participated in any internships or externships during your time at Oregon Tech? Did you gain valuable experience from them?

I'm in the MECOP program and have gone on one internship. I worked at Portland General Electric as an IT Applications intern. It was an amazing experience and I'm so glad that I got the chance to work with such incredible people. For the first three months, I was on an all-intern team and we developed a web application for PGE employees. During the second half on my internship, I worked with the Business Intelligence teams.

Do you have employment/graduate school plans for after graduation?

After I graduate, I'll go on my second MECOP internship and within a few years, I hope to explore the possibility of a graduate school in either a communication or management field.