Paul Taylor '21

Major: Computer Science
Minor: Healthcare Administration

What made you choose computer science?

I love computer science, it allows me to tinker and study at the same time. With no other major could I have hobbies like 3D printing, cryptocurrency or SDR radio. I feel as though my major allows me to make a difference in the world.

What is your career objective? 

I hope to land a job in software development, database management or possibly even a DevOps position.

How has what you’ve learned in your courses so far prepared you for your future?  

My classes have allowed me to gain enough skills to start applying for internships. More important than the classes within my major is the ability to explore topics of interest such as psychology, religion and business—studies that I would have never been able to become acquainted with. 

What opportunities have you had to work closely with a faculty member and what impact has that had on your education?

My advisor, Marie Schwerm, has greatly improved my college experience. There have been several times which I have been completely lost and she’s been there to provide guidance. When I could not find a cross-cultural experience, when Meal Swipes had disappeared from my account, and when I had messed up, she was there to steer me on the right path.

What is the most memorable experience you’ve had in your education at Carroll?

The religion intro course allows you to go on several trips, where two are required and the rest are up to you. At first I thought I’d be only going on the required two trips, but I found that these trips were great opportunities to learn about the world around me. I was able to visit a Buddhist temple, a mosque, and a Sikh temple. Each opportunity left me with a greater understanding of the cultures which had been a part of the lives of people around me.

How has Carroll enriched your growth as a person?

I’ve been able to join several student organizations, but my favorite has been student senate. Student senate has allowed me to improve the campus and have my voice heard. I’ve served on the academic steering committee, the bookstore committee, student affairs and academic affairs governance committees and the student senate full board. 

If you were recommending your major to a prospective student, what would you tell them?

I’d recommend studying things related to your major in your free time, as it’ll only make the classes make more sense when you take them. Computer science classes can be heavy in information and rote learning of concepts. It’s much easier to absorb the information when you go about it in your own way.

How has financial aid made a difference in your life?

Financial aid has allowed me to attend Carroll. Without assistance from FAFSA and Carroll donors and endowments I would not be able to attend. I am grateful for everything they have done for me.

What’s your favorite place to study on campus?

When the weather is good, the roof of the Hastad Hall is the best place to study on campus. There is a small area covered by plants, a great view, and several chairs and tables which can be used to complete whatever assignments you have left. Without this study area, I would not be nearly as productive in the summer months.

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