Student Profile

Computer Science Students

Maura Grogan '14

Computer Science major, Math minor

What do you like about St. Mike's?

I like not feeling like a number. In Computer Science, there are sometimes just four of us in a classroom. There are only four juniors in my major, so we know each other really well.

What's your favorite class?

Database Management. It was the first Computer Science course I took that gave me an insight of what I could be doing in the real world.

Do you have a favorite professor?

Professor Mike Battig who teaches my Database Management class is really down-to-earth.

What's your favorite spot on-campus?

I like the Word Garden in the warmer weather. Not a lot of people go there to study so it's a nice study spot. I studied for my finals there last year in the spring. I'm inspired by what people have written in the garden.

Off Campus?

Sterling Pond up by Smugglers' Notch. It's one of the trails I hike up to. It's about an hour's hike up. I'd also gone up there with my parents when I was younger.

In what ways do you engage or give back to the community?

I'm on the VITA team in Campus Ministry and run weekly LINK meetings, which are large faith-sharing groups, I'm also a student coordinator at the student Mass. I've also been a lector, an altar server and a Eucharistic Minister and I'm in Celtic Knights, the Irish step-dancing group.

Have you studied abroad?

I'm going next semester to Bangor University in Wales. I'll be fulfilling my Liberal Studies Requirements over there so I can still graduate on time.

Have you had an internship or faculty-student research experience?

I ran a program called G-Girls at an all-girls summer resident camp, teaching girls computer science.

What do you think you want to do with your life?

I see myself working at a smaller company where you're not necessarily doing programming every day, but also doing the marketing that goes with it. I chose St. Mike's over a tech school because I knew if I didn't like CS, I could try other options, and with a liberal arts core I'll have a lot wider academic background than most people in the field.

What makes you happy?

Running into friends wherever I go, knowing if I show up to an event or lecture outside the classroom, I'll know someone who is there.

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