Chany Peguero

chany peguero

Major: Computer and Information Science

Hometown: Roxbury, MA

"The Computer Science program at UMass has prepared me for the work I want to spend my life doing."
What has been your greatest challenge?

When my grandfather passed away, I wanted to quit school. My grades declined, and I almost lost my chance to participate in College Now. But I was given another chance, and with the help of my family, friends, and the College Now staff, I studied hard and excelled in my classes. College Now really did everything in their power to keep me enrolled at UMass and helped me move on from College Now to become a full-time student.

Who's your favorite professor and why?
I met Anne Boisvert when I was a freshman. She was both co-director of College Now and my math professor. Ever since, Anne has been by my side, helping me with my personal life and school life. When I was questioning whether or not I should remain in the Computer and Information Science program, she encouraged me to stick it out and helped bring my average up in all of my classes. It's not always easy to get a professor's attention, but anytime I need someone to talk to, she's always available.

What's your favorite spot on campus and why?
My favorite spot at UMass Dartmouth is on the fifth floor of the library, where you can see everything. That's where I go to study or when I need some time to think. My friends and I have great memories from our study groups up there. I love all my College Now and Engineering pals, I don't know what I would do without them.

What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation, I would love to work for Apple. My degree in Computer Science has prepared me to work on Apple's iPhone operating system or to create apps for the iPhone. I'm also interested in 3D animation, and I've taken classes at UMass that have prepared me to work on video game design. The Computer Science program at UMass has prepared me for the work I want to spend my life doing.