To prepare for her internship search Miranda attended workshops through the EDGE program, developed by COBA’s Professional Development Manager Steph Brown, where she learned more about what a company looks for in a resume, how to better prepare a professional resume, and skills needed for a successful interview. Miranda encourages students that are looking for internships to start now. “I would recommend looking for internships or jobs soon to know what the company is looking for and what you want to do. Getting an internship or a job is not easy, but it’s not impossible. You need to make time to research, reach out to others, and pay attention to the emails and newsletters sent by the college.” Not only has Miranda prepped outside of the classroom, but the things she has learned in her computer science classes have better prepared her to land the internship by helping her grow her technology skills and develop her work ethic. With the professors asking the question, “How will this help me in a job?”, Miranda will be able to apply what she has been learning to become a better employee in the field of computing.
While she has worked hard to prepare for this internship through her classes and professional development, Miranda’s also made time for a little fun. One of her favorite activities has been spending time with friends from her computer science classes while working on an animation project that includes playing music, laughing, and just enjoying the collegiality of her fellow students which makes the work feel more fun and enjoyable. Miranda recommends that students create personal projects that challenge them. “While college, in general, is complicated doing something where you are uncomfortable will help grow you personally and professionally. Reach out to other majors to make new friends; this allows you to connect to those with different talents.”
ACU has offered Miranda the opportunity to grow not only in her educational and professional skills but as an individual as well. She has discovered more about who she is and what she can do. Still learning and exploring, Miranda is mindful of the beauty that surrounds her. “The world has so much to offer and here at ACU, I got the chance to discover new things. I’ve been able to meet people from different cultures, made friends who became family, learned new things about myself, went on road trips with friends, and learned new things about my faith.” If you’d like to learn more about the School of Information Technology and Computing, click here.