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Mimi Cahill talks about why she chose her degree

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Mimi Cahill talks about why she chose her degree

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I’ve made great friends and connections since I got involved. Helping to organize and plan events is a lot of fun and I think it’s important to have a group actively represent women in tech and encourage others to consider it an option.

Mimi Cahill chose Applied Computer Science kind of on a whim.

Originally from Spryfield, Nova Scotia, Mimi had her first computer science experience at a workshop for youth that was organized by Dr. Christian Blouin of the Faculty of Computer Science. He introduced the group to a variety of topics and programs.

“I attribute my choice of computer science to this early exposure,” says Mimi.

She wanted a degree that would get her a job, but lucked out when she realized how much she enjoyed the classes, her peers, and faculty members.

“Informatics suits me well, it gives me the computer science, project management, and web development skills that will make me useful and versatile,” says Mimi

When she began her first Co-op placement, she was pleasantly surprised by how much she had learned in her first two academic years. She found all of the courses she had taken to be extremely useful during that work term as many of those topics became her reality.

“It’s really exciting to see how useful the courses are and know  my efforts at school will be applicable when I’m finished at school.”

More than academics

Throughout Mimi’s time as a student within the Faculty of Computer Science, she’s been involved in the Women in Technology Society (WiTS) as their Treasurer.

“I’ve made great friends and connections since I got involved,” says Mimi. “Helping to organize and plan events is a lot of fun and I think it’s important to have a group actively represent women in tech and encourage others to consider it an option.”

Mimi hopes to see earlier education of computer science and believes it to be the remedy of the low number of females in the field. She hopes that more young female students will have the opportunity to try out computer science topics like she did.

Aspirations upon graduation

Once out in the workforce, Mimi hopes to take her 3 terms of Co-op and put it to work in a job that lets her bridge the gap between computer science and management.

“That’s what informatics is about in my mind,” she says. “I’d like to be versatile and capable in programming, communication, and project management. At this point, however, I’m not set on anything in particular, but am confident that I can learn what I need to work in a variety of settings.”