Student Alijah O'Connor smiling at CU

What is your professional and/or academic background?

Molecular Biology (Cornell University & Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology)

What made you decide to pursue a CS degree? What are your career goals?

It's such an exciting time for computer science, particularly when it comes to multi-disciplinary projects and pursuits. I want combine my scientific background with the power of algorithms/computation to make an impact in the world.

Why did you choose CU Boulder’s program?

Because I already have a bachelor's degree and have a job, the Applied Computer Science Post-Bachelor's degree was the perfect choice (not to mention, one of the only kind of its type). I get to continue learning and working on my part-time job, all the while building a robust computer science knowledge-base.

Why does the post-bacc program work for you?

It allows me to focus on learning computer science in depth without having to spend time and effort on unrelated courses.

What are some things you like to do for fun?

Ultimate (Frisbee), Disc Golf, Digital Photography, Hiking

Do you have a favorite quote or mantra?

"Science is more than a body of knowledge, it's a way of thinking."
- Carl Sagan

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