Christina Aiello, '15

Methuen, Massachusetts

Year of Graduation

BS, Computer Science (and planning on applying for the Computer Science BS/MS program this coming year)

Why did you choose to attend WPI?
The changes that WPI can bring to your life do not simply come from your classes – they come from the whole experience. Not only can you better yourself through your classes, homework, and group projects, but you can also take advantage of clubs, Greek Life, volunteering, and help from the school’s Career Development Center, to truly grow and thrive. You learn from theory and practice in your classes, gain leadership and teamwork from social activities, and can use the resources of the Career Development Center to get the opportunity to speak with real professionals at real companies and acquire a job. You truly can feel in the atmosphere that the students here want to push themselves to be the best people they can be – I felt that as soon as I stepped on campus, and I still feel that every single day. It was the first college I visited, and it was the only one that I needed to see.

How has WPI’s philosophy of Theory and Practice, and working with teams, been beneficial to you during your time at WPI?
Numerous ideas, techniques, and working styles that I have seen in companies where I have interned (after both my freshman and sophomore years) were things that I learned in my classes. Not only have I improved my programming skills, but I’ve also learned different tools and techniques that are used in the real world and learned to work in large groups—I worked on a term-long project with a team of ten people in one class, for example.

What do you think are WPI’s greatest strengths?
The ratio of professors to students, in addition to the professors’ willingness to help students learn, is certainly one of WPI’s greatest strengths. Whenever I had a question and needed an answer, I was always able to go to a professor to sit down and get help. And when I needed extra explanations or practice questions during times outside of my professors’ office hours, the TAs and SAs were always more than willing to help when I needed it. I was never once given the impression that I was a burden when I needed help – my questions were always answered with a smile and an enthusiastic response.

How have WPI’s Computer Science professors impacted your studies and your life?
Having zero programming experience prior to coming to WPI, I found the school’s Computer Science professors incredibly helpful and supportive whenever I needed an extra explanation or example in order to understand a concept. The professors were always welcoming and helpful during office hours, and because of this my lack of programming experience prior to WPI was not an issue.

What do you hope to do after you graduate? What would be your ideal job?
I hope to use the skills I’m acquiring to make improvements in the medical field. I want to learn as much as I can and then give back to society. How exactly I want to do that, I do not yet know. What I do know is this: what matters most to me is that my skills will be used to make someone’s life better – to make the challenges in someone’s life less of an obstacle to overcome.

Groups or extracurricular activities you participated in at WPI 

  • Upsilon Pi Epsilon (Secretary)
  • Toastmasters International (President)
  • Women in Computer Science
  • Dance Team

Academic or professional awards you have received

  • Charles O. Thompson Scholar
  • Dean’s List

Additional Comments:
If you enjoy being challenged, want to improve yourself in ways you hadn’t thought possible, and have a passion for knowledge and changing the world, WPI is definitely where you should be.

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