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Undergraduate Student Profile - Alumni

Name: Michelle Sharer
Hometown: Lexington, MA
Concentration: Web Technologies
Department: Information Technology and Web Science
Year of Graduation: 2013
Current Position: Software Engineer at Adobe

Why did you choose to enroll at Rensselaer?
Abstract answer: because I just got a good feeling about it...
Slightly more concrete answer: because I liked the idea of being in a technical atmosphere and being surrounded by other techies. Also when choosing colleges I had a "grass factor" requirement... and there was plenty of grass on the RPI campus.

What are some benefits of being part of the ITWS Community at Rensselaer?
Many/infinite/too-many-to-handle. Because the program is so small and tightly knit. This makes it easier to get to know peers, professors, and staff. It makes it easier to find answers when you need help. The IT community also has benefits that don't need explaining like a lab space with couches and snacks...

What would you tell a prospective student about choosing Rensselaer?
Trust your instincts when picking a school! Specific facts about each school comes first, like number of students, location, costs, etc -- these are the things that make you decide you want to visit a school. If you're already considering Rensselaer I assume it passes all/most of your preliminary requirements, so all you have to do now is visit and absorb.

What are your hobbies/interests/special talents?
Rock climbing, mountain biking, running, yoga.

List Information about your background and accomplishments in College and Work Experience
College background: writing code! started out as a comp sci major, switched to IT because I wanted to focus on web development, did research on big data at Tetherless World.
College accomplishments: president and trip leader for the Outing club, officer of IT honor society, student leader in the IT department.
Work experience: internship in IT at Cisco, internship in web development at Next Jump, full-time in web development at Adobe.

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