Nadine Lambert had always liked math. She discovered she also enjoys computer science during a summer session at Appalachian State University before her freshman year.
What interested you in pursuing a degree in the Mathematics (BS) - Computation field?
Math was something I had always been good at and I thought it was fun and interesting. It wasn’t until I came to college that I had an interest in the computation side. The second summer session before my freshman year at Appalachian I attended a summer course called Summer Bridge for pre-calculus and the freshman seminar. I met a good amount of people my age wanting to be computer science majors and that’s what made me first hear about it. I decided that I would take a computer science class and it turns out I like it! I chose the computation concentration because it had computer science courses, so finding out that I liked computer science was what made me really want computation as my concentration.
What have been your most beneficial experiences in the program?
My most beneficial experiences would have to be the variety. Having a math and computer science background has allowed me to have a lot more options when looking for internships or summer programs. Also, I’ve been in math research groups since my second semester which has also been helpful. There are also hackathons for students in computer science to come meet various companies, see their products and software, so that’s definitely an experience that I really liked.
Describe your relationship with faculty in the program.
All of my math and computer science professors have been great and really friendly. I talk to them fairly often and feel comfortable asking questions even if I don’t have them as a professor that semester. On some occasions I’ve asked for advice on internships, which is really nice when you have no experience in what to expect. I feel like I’ve had exceptional professors, and that has had a large impact on my time here.
Why should a prospective student interested in this degree choose to attend Appalachian?
I think that a prospective student should attend Appalachian because there is a lot of opportunity. You can be part of research groups, develop a community, and the professors are willing to work with you and are approachable – and not to mention, they are really cool people.
Have you gotten involved in any leadership opportunities while on campus? How are they enhancing your education?
I was the leader for a math research group for a semester and also for a small group of student workers on a project. Being in this type of position made me more responsible and professional. I had to make sure that I made time to communicate with the students, answer questions and make sure that instructions and work were clear.