"When I first came to Drexel as a Computer Science major, I had no idea what I was doing. I kind of just went on a whim, an instinct, hoping that it would work out for me. It’s probably a combination of luck and hard work; but this is hands down the best decision I have ever made. The co-op program really helped me grow in this field. It gave me not only the technical skills but also the confidence to prosper and believe in myself- like, “This IS something I can do.” Being able to see my work (an application designed by her while on co-op) get used by other people is what I want to keep working towards, and that is exactly what CCI has taught me and led me towards.
Women in Computing Society was one of the first organizations I joined, and it was a really welcoming environment that motivated me to stick with the CS program and give it my all. Seeing what other people achieved made me think- “I want to be like that!” I was the secretary last year and am the treasurer this year. I see myself now wanting to really help the incoming freshmen see what I see in the value of a CS degree. Thinking of the opportunities I have had and the possibilities of where Computer Science can take me always leaves me amazed.
People ask me, “Why CS?” especially when it can be one of the most frustrating things to do because most times your program doesn’t work, and that makes you want to bang your head against the wall. I tell them that when it does work for you, there is no better feeling. That is something I want to keep going towards in a career and that’s why I chose Computer Science. I don’t think I will receive a better education than what I am getting at CCI- the work experience that co-op has to offer, and the resources and dedicated faculty are all what make me glad I picked CCI."