Alice came in as a transfer student.Before I came to Champlain, I got my Associate degree in Engineering at a community college in Virginia. I was a little worried that none of my credits would transfer and that I would have to retake everything, but Champlain worked with me to transfer almost all of my credits.
She appreciates the Upside-Down Curriculum.The Upside-Down Curriculum allows me to take courses in my major from the very first year. I'm able to experience a lot more about what is in my field, so I knew from the beginning that programming and computer science are what I wanted to do. Instead of writing papers all the time, I'm writing programs and algorithms, which are a lot of fun.
Her professors surprised her.One of the really surprising things I found at Champlain was that the professors don't focus a lot on independent study and research-they focus on building the curriculum and teaching their students as effectively as possible. My professors are willing to work with me and teach me how to go above and beyond. My favorite professor is Warren Sides, I had him for Discrete Mathematics. He just puts wonderful flare into the classroom; it's something absolutely magical.
Alice chose Champlain for its welcoming community.Burlington seemed like a very accepting community, and it felt like a place I would want to live and experience life. When I first came to Champlain, I was really scared. Then I realized that everybody was really supportive and accepting, and I found a lot of great communities that helped me become more confident and happy with who I am.
Now she works for Champlain's Marketing department.I'm the Web Application Developer in the Marketing department, so I build new and exciting innovative content for the college's websites. Working in Marketing has certainly taught me that I am not a one-woman team and that I need to be able to work with people-not just reach out to them but rely on them as well. We have a wonderful creative team of artists and writers, people who can really bring a project together, and that's what it's going to be like working in the real world.
And is on the Dance Team.My favorite spot on campus is the dance studio. It's just a fun and active place, and I love all the mirrors everywhere. I'm part of the Champlain College Dance Team, so every week we go and dance and practice for performances. Sometimes we do hip-hop, sometimes we do lyrical, contemporary, ballet; it really depends on what performance we're doing and what we want to do.
In the future, Alice wants to work with smart technology.My end goal is to mismatch my engineering degree and my computer science degree to make smart tech. While I had a framework of what I wanted to do when I came to Champlain, now that I've been here and I've worked with other groups of people, I think I've become more and more prepared to actually do that. I've actually been able to work with smart tech a bit in my Emerging Technology class. I built a home automation system in my apartment so I connected a variety of micro-controllers to different aspects of my apartment, built a server, and built an app for my smartphone. I can remotely control my lights, my TV and my essential oil diffuser, so it smells like sunflowers when I get home.
Alice, Computer Science & InnovationKeysville, VADIVISION OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & SCIENCES
Why did Adam choose Champlain? I've been planning on doing computer science since seventh or eighth grade-it's actually my quote in my eighth-grade yearbook that I wanted to be a programmer. It's kind of been with me my entire life. I went to high school not to far from here, so I had plenty of chances to tour Champlain. Every time I came on tour, it was an even more beautiful day, and it just felt super welcoming.
His take on Champlain professors.I love all the professors that I've had here. They have such cool stories, and they're all passionate about what they're teaching. They make me feel super inspired by everything they do in class. Even outside of class, I go and constantly talk with them.
The best part of my classes are... I'm learning things that are relevant. Right now, I'm still learning the basics but those are the fundamentals. In all the classes I've taken at Champlain, they give you a really good basis of what you need, but they don't force you to think in one way. I think that's one of the best things about the classes.
Core has changed his perspective...I'm in some really cool Core classes right now that are more hands-on and less discussion-based. Core classes get me out of my comfort zone, which I think is one of the best ways to grow as an individual.
Adam is a Student Amabassador.I give tours, and I also help out with Admissions projects. It's a super important job because I'm talking with prospective families, and what I say genuinely matters. You can change people's lives. I don't think there's a job cooler than that.
Best thing about Burlington...The concerts. Burlington is between Montreal and Boston, so bands going between those cities see that we're a college town and have concerts here. I've probably been to 10 concerts this year. There's always something to do, and when you go somewhere, you're always going to see someone you know. It feels like you know everyone.
Adam, Computer Science & Innovation majorGeorgia, VTDIVISION OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & SCIENCES
Kennedy found the major that matched his interests...
I first became interested in computers when we first got one in our house around the time I was in first grade. When I got to high school, I knew I liked math and wanted to work with computers, so I realized I wanted a career that incorporated the two. I looked into software engineering and thought it fit me perfectly.
His projects at Champlain have been successful even outside of the classroom...
By the time I got to Champlain, their software engineering program had changed to Computer Science & Innovation (CSI), but I could specialize in Software Engineering. A lot of what I do in the program involves projects. The first application I developed in my junior year looked horrible, but I played the market smartly. Within two weeks of my app deploying, I received about 1,000 downloads. After it a couple months, it was close to 50,000 downloads. I also helped seniors with their final projects. It was helpful and eye-opening to work with seniors who knew what they were doing, and I learned what I'd have to know before graduating and entering the field.
Champlain allows Kennedy to prioritize his career...
I've realized over the last year that my career is becoming my top priority. I know I want to continue my education to further my career; there's always room to grow and learn, especially with IT because technology is always changing. I have to be flexible, adaptable, and able to learn quickly.
Kennedy, Computer Science & Innovation MajorFall River, MADIVISION OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & SCIENCES
Computer Science & Innovation is the perfect major for Matt...
For me, programming is one of the most creative things you can do. I love that you can start with a blank document, type a couple lines of text, and then have it spit out a webpage. The fact that you can create something out of nothing is so interesting to me.
The Leahy Center for Digital Investigation (LCDI) has given Matt real-world experiences...
I have worked at the LCDI for my entire time at Champlain. I was an Office Assistant in my first semester, and have had four different positions since. I'm now one of the programmers in charge of leading projects as well as leading the rest of the programming team. I'm getting an opportunity to create software that is going to be used on a daily basis. This allows me to take user feedback into consideration, as well as work on fixing issues and making improvements. My goal is to be a Software Project Manager, and being in charge of two other programmers so I can be the first contact for a project is allowing me to gain valuable experience that I can take into my first job in the industry.
Matt knows he is ready for life after Champlain...
I've spent the entirety of my college career preparing for the job market. I've grown my programming and teamwork skill at the LCDI, I've built up my leadership qualities and public speaking skills as a Resident Assistant and Student Ambassador, and I've been taught the ins and outs of the field by experienced faculty. I feel confident that I'll find a position relevant to my major when I graduate.
Matt, Computer Science & Innovation MajorKennebunk, MEDIVISION OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & SCIENCES
Learning with people who have the same passions as her makes Robin love her Computer Science & Innovation major even more...
I wanted to go to a school with passionate students in a beautiful place. That's why I came to Champlain. Being around such brilliant people is both humbling and inspiring; it has encouraged me to come out of my shell a lot at Champlain. In addition to an amazing student body, even the professors are really kind and approachable.
Robin's in- and out-of-class projects are never dull...
Many of the projects at Champlain are open-ended which makes learning really fun. For one of my final projects, I made a glove that you could use to play rock-paper-scissors against a computer! And for a Core class final, I built a banjo as a self-portrait. Champlain even has the the MakerLab at the Lakeside Campus; it allows students from any major or year to create anything you want, from school related to personal projects. I love the fact that this school offers that, and that the student body makes use of it.
Her classes and internships have given her the tools she will need to succeed in her field...
At my internship at the Emergent Media Center, I build physical components and write code for games and other interactive experiences. My job there often overlaps with my classes, which is really exciting. Between my internship and classes, I have learned so much about the power and opportunities that comes with when working with other students and professors. Because of these experiences, I feel so much more confident for when I'm going to be applying for jobs in the future.
Robin, Computer Science & Innovation MajorLivingston, NJDIVISION OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & SCIENCES
Champlain's career-focused Computer Science & Innovation major was the perfect fit for Matthew...
I've always had a passion for computers and solving problems, so Computer Science & Innovation was a natural fit for me. My ability to get an education that's directly applicable to my desired career was really great. Between clubs, career resources, educational resources and campus facilities, I really feel like I've had all the tools needed to be a successful student. I think Champlain's focus on education as opposed to research is a big part of that.
Matthew's classes fuel his passion to learn...
The Computer Science & Innovation program has been absolutely wonderful. In my first semester, we developed a web application that performed basic sentiment analysis on Twitter data containing the word "Champlain." This gave a lot of insight into professional-grade application development and challenged a lot of the preconceived notions I had about the industry. I've been able to connect with my professors and really get a personalized education. The classes are structured to be a good combination of lecture and lab time, and every professor in my major is absolutely brilliant. Their passion for teaching fueled my passion to learn.
Matthew's internships helped him find a job before he graduated...
Over my time at Champlain, I've had two internships. I worked at Vermont Energy Investment Corporation here in Burlington, developing internal-use applications for maintaining customer data and calculating savings based on the use of energy-efficient products. Last summer, I worked as an intern at Liberty Mutual in Dover, NH. I still work there as an intern, and accepted a job offer to return there full-time after graduation before my senior year even began. My education was career-minded, and Champlain is about pursuing an education to become a professional. I think maintaining that mindset and the priorities that accompany it is vital to getting the most out of college.
Matthew, Computer Science & Innovation MajorWadsworth, OHDIVISION OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & SCIENCES
After graduationMatthew is an Associate Software Developer at Liberty Mutual Insurance in Dover, NH.