Hello! I am so excited to hear that you are interested in Taylor’s CSE department! My name is Ashley and I am currently a Senior at Taylor studying Computer Science-New Media /Systems. A common question that I get asked even as a senior is, “Why Taylor?” I don’t blame them; it’s a small school in the middle of nowhere, what could possibly be appealing? But if you dig a little deeper then you’ll start to learn what a treasure Taylor is.
When I started my college search, I was looking at the University of Illinois which was ranked #4 in the nation for computer science. I had been accepted there with honors and it was my #1 choice. Then, I had a friend tell me about this Christian university that supposedly had a great computer science program. I scoffed. I thought, “A Christian university that can teach computer science? Yeah, right.” Sure a Christian school was a great idea if I wanted to become a church leader, but what do Christians know about computer science? It turns out, at Taylor University, quite a lot. I took a leap of faith and turned down U of I and decided to enroll at Taylor.
As a freshman, I wasn’t disappointed. Right off the bat I was in challenging classes and was growing spiritually more than I ever had before. The different tracks give each student a chance to learn about what they are most interested in and I decided to become a New Media major. Within 6 weeks I had learned enough programming skills to solve problems at the annual ACM competition that Taylor has historically done well in. As a sophomore, I landed an internship at Chick-fil-A in Atlanta, GA working for their IT department. I came in with more technical experience than those who were juniors or seniors from Georgia Tech, a nationally known school. J-term of my sophomore year I also had the incredible opportunity to travel to Carlisle, England with 5 other students to work on software for Operation Mobilization (OM), a mission organization. It was there where I learned that what I have been working on in my classes can be used out in the mission field to help further the kingdom of God! Tell me what state school gives you that kind of opportunity ; ) This experience impacted me in such a way that I’ve decided to go into IT missions once I graduate. As a junior now, in my systems classes I’ve been developing an inventory system for Circa Imports, a Business as Missions organization. I’ve also been preparing for an internship with Operation Mobilization where I will be doing Android programming for Bible applications. When I become a senior, I’m comforted by the fact that if I decide not to go into IT mission later, that the CSE department has a 97% job placement rate before graduation and has Taylor alumni at companies like Accenture, Eli Lilly, Dreamworks, Lockheed Martin, and many others. I’m also really excited to begin using the Euler Science Center that is currently in progress!
I know I’ve talked about myself a lot, but none of this would have been possible without the CSE department behind me. There’s so much about the degree program that I don’t have room to mention, but it’s really the professors that make it what it is. They have challenged and encouraged me and pushed me to become who I am now. The department has become a home for me where I not only learn tons but also have fun. It’s a place where I am accepted and loved. Now when someone asks me, “Why Taylor?” I respond, “Why not?”
I encourage you to pray hard about your college decision. Taylor has made a huge impact on my life and whatever school you pick will do the same. Make the choice that is best for you, and with hard work you will succeed.
Blessings and take care,
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