My undergrad was tailored around getting into pharmacy school, which I got into, but it wasn’t my passion. I audited a few computer science classes at University of Washington and really liked them. Later, a friend who works at Amazon taught me Java. I realized I could combine pharma and CS.
I received the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship, which helped pay for college, but the word “opportunity” is really what it meant to me. Networking, support, resources. It’s how I learned about Northeastern and Align. And the Align Scholarship, which covered my first semester.
My cohort is 27 students, which is small compared to UW. I was worried the other students would know a lot already, but we’re all on the same playing field. It’s nice to see the diversity in backgrounds. Teachers and TAs are always available to help, too. Really feels like a community.