Feature Stories 2022: Elizabeth Blom '23: Choosing to double major

Elizabeth Blom
Elizabeth is majoring in computer and data science at UMass Dartmouth's College of Engineering (Photographer: Karl Dominey)
Feature Stories 2022: Elizabeth Blom '23: Choosing to double major
Elizabeth Blom '23: Choosing to double major

Elizabeth talks about why UMassD is the right choice for her, how she decided on her majors, & what she loves most about her educational experience.

Elizabeth, why did you choose to transfer to UMass Dartmouth?

"I originally chose UMass Dartmouth because of its location and convenience. Now that I'm here I love the computer science program and professors." 

Would you recommend a UMassD education, and if so, why?

"I would highly recommend an education at UMass Dartmouth. With smaller class sizes and professors who care, it's like getting a private education, but at the cost of a public education. The staff is very hands-on and involved and they want to see their students succeed. They're always willing to help when asked and they make sure we are set up for success when we flee the nest."

What drew you to your major, and how did you enjoy it?

"I've always had a love for math, but never knew what to do with it. I thought about accounting, engineering, and even becoming a teacher, but I didn't enjoy any of those things.  After Googling "jobs in math" in many ways I stumbled upon data science. I learned that UMassD offered the program and I applied right away. I fell in love with the computer science world and decided to dual major in both and get the best of both worlds.

I really enjoyed all the computer science classes and professors. But if I had to choose one, I really enjoyed CIS 180 and 181 Object-Oriented Programming with Professor Clint Rogers. It was his class where I learned about coding for the first time and realized this is what I wanted to do. He was also very resourceful when it came to finding an internship."

How has UMass Dartmouth prepared you for life after graduation?

"Going through the motions of freshman to senior year is very helpful. You start off slow and then you’re gradually introduced to topics over time to help you build on the foundation of prior knowledge. I am really looking forward to the senior capstone as part of the chance to gain real-world experience. That seems to be the class that really propels you forward and takes all your hard work and combines it into a working example."

What advice would you give to younger UMassD students?

"Get involved. Live on campus if you can. Join the clubs. There is a lot of group work, and it helps if you know your classmates. Also, take advantage of the professors' office hours. They, along with the teacher’s assistants are here to help you and want you to succeed. Show up and do the work. If you try and apply yourself you will do well."

What’s your favorite thing about UMass Dartmouth?

"I've grown fond of the library, but my favorite thing is the staff and students and the comradery. Everyone is willing to help one another. I might be able to help with question A but then "Joe" can help me with question B.  It feels like family and "teamwork makes the dream work."