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My Background

My last undergrad co-op at Northeastern—technical writing for a financial software startup—started me on the path to computer science. I then went to Akamai Technologies, where I wrote documentation on computer networks. Now I’m at Rapid7, diving deep into cybersecurity automation software.

My Background

I found Align as I was forming my career plan: technology law focused on consumer data privacy. The program cares about people from a variety of backgrounds and leverages their diverse skills. That’s important. I knew Northeastern would get me ready for a tech career—not just give me a degree.


Dr. Leena Razzaq is my advisor for the Align Scholarship as well as my professor for Fundamentals of Computer Science. She really cares about what students are learning and comprehending. She’s very patient, which is a must because these are highly technical concepts.


I was never good at math, so I was nervous about my Algorithms course. But it’s fascinating. The concepts drive the rest of computer science—you can’t really write code without understanding how to sort data and implement algorithms. It’s challenging, but so exciting when it clicks.


Align is great because you get a master’s degree, but you won’t just code for the rest of your life. The technical understanding enhances your current experience. Everyone takes a different path into the program—but it’s not just one product coming out. The output is as diverse as the input.

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