Math and Computer Science

Moran Shofeld '03, Financial Software Developer

Why did you chose Clark?

After receiving pamphlets from hundreds of schools, I didn't know which to choose. Then I got a phone call from Clark telling me more about the school and answering any questions I had. It was this personal touch that compelled me to apply. I liked the fact that they actually thought of me as a person, not as a number.

Why did you chose CSci or Math as a major?

I actually started off as a Biology major but after taking several science classes, I realized that it wasn't for me. I decided to becoming a Computer Science major because my father had always told me that I'd love it and that I'd be great at it. After taking my first CS class, I realized that he was right. I then decided to add on a minor in Mathematics since it only meant taking a handful of additional classes.

What did you like about the educational experience here?

I loved that the classes were small enough so that everyone had a voice and nobody got left behind. The professors were all wonderful and cared about my success.

Would you describe some unique experience that you had while studying math at Clark?

Since Clark is a small school, I had a chance to do more than just take classes and get a degree. I was able to get involved with many things at Clark outside of the classes. I attended the Women in Computer Science Conference in Vancouver along with one of my professors, I had the chance to be a Teacher's Assistant for several different classes, I even was able to assist with setting up the (then new) Computer Lab. These things would probably not be easily available at a larger school.

What did you do after you graduated from Clark?

After receiving my degree from Clark, I started working as a software developer at a company that made Credit Card Terminals. I took advantage of their tuition assistance program and received my Masters in Computer Science. I have since moved to another company that writes Financial Trading software. It is a very interesting field and I get to learn something new every day.