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Julia Kroon talks about choosing Applied Computer Science

A day in the life

Julia Kroon talks about choosing Applied Computer Science

Julia-Kroon-profile

I feel like I have the best of both worlds in that the Faculty is small enough that you don’t feel like just a number but at the same time there is so much going on and endless opportunities to get involved.

For Toronto born Julia Kroon, it was a love of the ocean and an early introduction to technology that led her to the Bachelor of Applied Computer Science program at Dalhousie.

“I was lucky as my high school offered programming classes from grade 10 – 12,” says Julia. “When it came to deciding what to take at university, I was considering both Computer Science and Commerce. My teachers strongly encouraged me to go into technology as the sector needs more females and there are so many opportunities in the sector.”

It’s a decision Julia certainly hasn’t regretted.

“I have had the opportunity to meet so many different people through the Faculty of Computer Science,” Julia explains. “I feel like I have the best of both worlds in that the Faculty is small enough that you don’t feel like just a number, you get the chance to really get to know your professors but at the same time there is so much going on and endless opportunities to get involved.”

The experience Julia’s Computer Science program has led to outside of the classroom has inspired her aspirations to become a teacher after graduation.

“I have been working with Dalhousie’s summer science camp SuperNOVA, the camp helps to raise awareness of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for kids between the ages of 5 and 15,” Julia says.

“It has been really enjoyable and I am keen to develop more techniques to simplify programming and other Computer Science related topics to help introduce kids to technology at an earlier age. Not enough young people actually know what Computer Science is.”