What was your major and background? Major: Biomedical Sciences, Background: Clinical Research
What are your interests within computer science? My interests lie in the intersection of information systems and human-computer interaction. In the long term, I want to develop malleable software and systems that maximize usability and minimize user burden.
How did you get interested in Computer Science? After hours spent painstakingly compiling hundreds of patient and physician narratives utilizing EHR, I found myself more interested in treating the ailments of the health IT systems than in treating human ones.
What social interests matter to you? I'm interested in education and healthcare equity. I work with Learn to Be as a mentor for school-aged students and with Crisis Text Line as a Crisis Counselor.
What is your most impactful iCAN experience? This isn't a single experience, but a continuous one: the community. Such a close-knit community wasn't something I had expected to have as an online, remote student in the program, but it has been the most consistent and defining part of my iCAN experience thus far. We're all in different corners of the world with disparate backgrounds, but when Algorithms is mind-boggling or I'm getting a mystifying error from my code, there's always someone available who is willing to jump on a voice channel on our Discord server or a Zoom room to discuss it with me. I find myself deeply invested in the success of every one of my cohort members and feel incredibly supported by them.
What are your hobbies/outside interests? If I'm not on my laptop, I can usually be found with a good novel, a mug of tea, some yarn and a crochet hook. Otherwise, I can be found rowing on the Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa.