Life at the University of Nevada – Reno: Jaime LeQuin’s Path to an Information Systems Major
As I approach the end of my University of Nevada – Reno Junior year, everything around me reminds me that I will be graduating next May and with graduation comes ‘the real world’ that we’ve all heard so much about. Though it is a scary thought, it is so much more exciting! I know that when the time comes, I will have been properly prepared for the hard work required to be successful.
I had never considered going to school in Reno until my mom had done more research into the university and convinced me to take a trip to visit the University of Nevada – Reno. Upon visiting the beautiful campus, I immediately fell in love with it. UNR has so much more to offer than the stereotypes that come to mind when you mention “Reno”. The campus is surrounded by mountains in every direction, the Truckee River runs through the middle of town, and Lake Tahoe is nothing more than a thirty minute drive from where I live. I have had the ability to ski at Northstar in the morning, and be back home in time to get to my one o’clock class! The University is constantly improving the existing buildings and adding capacity to allow for expansion over the next coming years. I have also been successful in getting into every class that I have needed and will be graduating in exactly four years. In addition, it is such a fun experience to go to a school that gives its Division One football team so much support! Go Pack!
Growing up in Dublin, I grew to appreciate and love the feeling of a community. Even before arriving in Nevada, I knew that I wanted to join a sorority to be even more involved in college life than I was in high school. I entered college with no one that I knew but quickly found friends to last a lifetime. It is intimidating going into college with none of your friends from home, but I am so happy for how much I have been able to grow as an individual because of it. Through Tri Delta I have been provided with opportunities that have broadened my outlook on the world as a whole.
Our national philanthropy is St. Jude Research Hospital. Tri Delta nationwide has donated over $16 million in the last few years alone. It is very humbling to know that all of the events we organize and promote have such a positive impact on so many children and families. I have been selected for various officer positions that have taught me invaluable skills about organization, communication, efficiency, and finding a way to make a 200-person chapter run smoothly. My sorority is structured very much like a business and I have learned a tremendous amount about how organizations function successfully. Living in my sorority house the past two years has been an unforgettable experience; and when else will I have the opportunity to live with 38 of my closest friends?
Now to the reason I am even attending the University of Nevada in the first place… to get an education! When people say that it’s not uncommon to change your major multiple times, they weren’t kidding. Though I have always been in the College of Business, I have changed what I thought I wanted my emphasis to be multiple times. In our first two years, we are required to take the Pre-Business Core that gives an overall understanding of business. I am thankful for this because it exposed me to subjects that I now use on a regular basis, such as Accounting and Statistics. Upon the end of our second year, we are required to declare a specific emphasis. Initially, I had chosen to declare as a Marketing major with an Information Systems minor.
This is the point when my entire perspective changed: my first internship. I cannot stress enough how important it is to get as much experience in the real world as possible during your college years. It’s when you are outside of the classroom, and required to use the skills that you have learned, that you realize what you can actually see yourself doing in the future. This past summer, I interned at Pearson Education on a team that was developing an application for iPads. It was through that experience that I realized just how prevalent the use of technology is in everything that we interact with in our lives. I learned so much about the entire process of developing a project, in this case an App, and all of the different components that lead to a successful end product. By the end of the summer, I realized that it was crucial that I learn as much as possible about technology before I graduated if I wanted to increase my chances of getting hired following graduation.
I am now pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Information Systems with a minor in Economic Policy. I had never before thought of myself as “technology person”, but I now realize just how many people are necessary for technological processes to function. The programming classes that I am currently taking are very challenging because I am not familiar with the language, but it gets easier day-by-day. I am currently learning Visual Basic in one class, HTML5 and CSS3 in another class. I am also taking a Business Processing class that goes into depth about Customer Relationship Management (CRM). This major is becoming more and more popular as students realize the significant demand for college graduates with technological experience. It is encouraging to know that there is even more of a demand for women in this field. From the time I took AP Microeconomics at Dublin High, I have always found the subject to be interesting and important. I believe that the additional classes that I have taken towards my minor will be very beneficial in understanding the overall functionality of the economy and its actors when making decisions in the workforce.
My goal is to learn as much as possible about the technical aspect of systems, so that I can work towards being a Project Manager in a large organization. It fascinates me how technology continues to expand and impact our world. In the future I hope to work for an organization that uses technology to increase the quality of life for citizens throughout the world. My experience at Pearson Education made a tremendous impact on my aspirations and has shaped the way I look to the future. I have learned the importance of taking every opportunity that you can because you never know where it will lead. Reaching out to people in the community is extremely beneficial in making strides toward your aspirations. My hope now is that I will get a job that will allow me to travel to new places and learn about new cultures throughout the world. I am very thankful for the environments I have been raised in and my college experience for shaping me into the person I am today. The future is exciting and I look forward to seeing what happens!
At the Dublin High School 2012 Senior Awards Night Jaime LeQuin was recognized as the Dublin Lions Club Student of the Month for March and was named a California Scholarship Federation Life Member.
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- Life at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo – from a Dublin Gael to a Seaside Mustang
- Life at Georgetown University – A Dublin High School Gael Meets Jack the Bulldog
- Life as an Air Force Academy Cadet: Rebecca Beasley on her Military Adventure
- Life as a UCLA Bruin: Deanna Hong on Combining Art, Athletics and Academics
- Life at the University of British Columbia – Why Not Canada?