Jacqueline came into her field without a background in computer technology.The professors in the computer field will help as long as you ask. It was difficult for me because it felt like everyone had already made a computer when they were babies, and I did not. But as long as you ask your peers and your professors for help, it's fine. You have to find that support system within your major.
Core opened her mind to new possibilities.Core opens your eyes and your mind to the different aspects of the world. You kind of understand what other people's views are because of their background, because every background is different. The Core classes can be pretty intense, but you become a better writer and a better student. You engage in the class.
To Jacqueline, the small classes at Champlain are key.I came from a small high school, so I knew the importance of being able to make those relationships with the professors. I like small classes because the professors get to know you. Especially because I'm that annoying person who asks a lot of questions, they know that I need a little more help. My professor works in the field, so he has personal tidbits to give us. Like, you probably shouldn't have a flip phone if you work in this industry because it makes you look less tech-y. There's that security of knowing that the professors are currently working in the field they teach, and it's not just from the textbook.
She's found a family away from home at Champlain.I was very homesick my first year, so I decided to become more involved on campus. Everyone was very welcoming and supportive, especially because we do have the Office of Diversity & Inclusion and the Women's & Gender Center. Basically, all the clubs that I'm a part of act as a support system for those diverse groups and teach others about being [a part of those cultures] in that club.
Alianza Latinx teaches students what it's like to be Latina/o, about the food and the culture. The Women In ITS Club is more about learning what we need to go into the field as women in information technology, because there's such a small number of us, and we want to take those opportunities that Champlain gives us. Shades of Me is another community of friends who know what it's like to be a smaller population on campus. We teach each other about our backgrounds and cultures. All these clubs are like a family.
Jacqueline is also a Financial Peer Coach...I am involved with the InSight program [Champlain's career and personal finance education], and we run the MoneyTalks and the financial milestones that students have to complete in order to graduate. We have one-on-one credit review sessions with students, in which we pull up their credit score, and show them how to improve it. We also have workshops where we teach about credit and credit cards, as well as other financial topics. For example, right now I'm working on a project about cost of living. We're tailoring the topics to what everybody wants.
And was pleasantly surprised by Burlington...Champlain was the only East Coast school I applied to, and people kept asking me, "Where are you going? Where is Vermont?" I get the vibe that Burlington is basically Oregon but on the East Coast. It's a very welcoming community, everyone is accepted to the max. Hawai'i has a very open community, so I was worried that going to another state was going to be a big culture shock, but coming to Burlington was a soft landing.
All in all, she appreciates the support she's found at Champlain...You don't have to know what you want to do. People here want you to succeed, whether that means taking different minors or switching majors. If you talk to your Advisor, they'll help you, and if they don't know the answer, then they'll point you to someone who does. It's OK to be unsure like I was. You'll find your group of friends here. You'll find the support system you want. You'll find everything.
Jacqueline, Data Analytics majorKane'ohe, HIDIVISION OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & SCIENCES
"I served as a programming tutor for three Data Analytics courses: Introduction to Programming, Advanced Programming and Data Structures and Algorithms. I mentored students to help them understand how various algorithms work. I also helped students tackle various data structure concepts—such as linked lists, queues, stacks, binary trees, AVL trees and trie trees."
Daniel gained relevant experience as a Lead Programmer with Champlain College's Senator Patrick Leahy Center for Digital Investigation (LCDI), working on a facial recognition research project in collaboration with an undisclosed organization. He also landed a cybersecurity internship with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
DanielComputer Science and Innovation majorSouthington, CTDIVISON OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & SCIENCES