Rider senior earns full ride to Villanova for software engineering

Rider senior earns full ride to Villanova for software engineering

Liz O'Hara

Senior Elizabeth O’Hara is headed to Villanova University this drop with a full tuition scholarship to go after her master’s degree in software program engineering. 

The pc science and graphic structure double major’s supreme purpose is to aim on accessibility.

“I want to create software program so no make a difference if another person has cognitive, motor or visual impairments, they can use the computer software and successfully navigate the website,” she suggests. 

O’Hara’s function with Rider’s Unified Sports Club, an corporation where learners engage in a selection of sporting activities with Special Olympics athletes, has impressed her profession aims. She has been a member of the club all 4 years and served as president for two. 

O’Hara is the fifth and ultimate 1 of her siblings to attend Rider. She came to the College with no history in pc science. In fact, she originally enrolled as a wellness science significant, but made a decision to go after her interests in math and layout.

“That was really one particular of the major reasons I chose Rider, the simple fact that I could personalize my training and get both equally majors in there,” she states. 

O’Hara credits the college, notably Dr. Md Liakat Ali, in the laptop science system for aiding her create her assurance in the unfamiliar discipline. As a lady pursuing a STEM occupation, she claims she has experienced to discover to acknowledge that failure is part of the course of action and that it is not a deterrent to accomplishment. 

“I created up my assurance in an spot the place I seriously was not positive about nonetheless,” she suggests. “Particularly with women of all ages in STEM-similar or technologies fields, in some cases they absence the self-confidence and are not constantly accepting of failure. With personal computer science and coding, you have to are unsuccessful. A very little semicolon is the reason in some cases between your code doing work or your code breaking, and it’s really frustrating. It is not a main that you can be perfect in all the time. The moment I got my footing in the system, I was genuinely able to prosper immediately after that.”