Mathematics and Computer Science Careers
What Recent Alumnae are Doing
Beth Jarvis, '03
Assistant Director of Alumnae and Parent Relations, Meredith College
"I wasn't sure what I wanted to do post-graduation but I did know that I loved Meredith. After working in the Admissions Office at Meredith for about a year and a half, I became the assistant director in the alumnae office. I had worked in the alumnae office as a student worker for three years so it was great to be back. I love working at Meredith.
In my job, I use what I learned in my classes at Meredith. In both admissions and alumnae office we changed and upgraded databases. I use my skills from my CS database classes when sorting data and running queries. Database was my favorite computer science class so I am glad I get to use those skills. The logical thinking process I use daily while planning events and the preciseness of math I helps me to be detail-oriented in my job."
Major: Computer science and mathematics
Favorite professor: "Dr. Charles Davis was my professor, major advisor, class of 2003 advisor and friend. He was the strongest influence on me to major in math."
Student/faculty relationship: "The Math/CS Department is a wonderful, close knit group of professors. They are a family and want you to be a part of it. They are always there to encourage you in and outside the classroom and they are your network and resources after Meredith especially with jobs, internships and recommendations."
Anna Roberson, '02
Environmental Engineer, CDM, Raleigh, NC
"Where would I be without math and computer science? I've actually found that while my math degree allows me to understand what I do, computer science enables me to use what I understand. I can't tell you how many different kinds of software I have learned since graduation, but I can tell you that I would never have acclimated so well to them without my computer science background. Graduating from a liberal arts school with a more technical degree has given me the best of both worlds. I find having a well-laid foundation of the liberal arts only helps build a stronger technical career.
After graduating from Meredith, I headed straight to NC State University where I earned a civil engineering degree. I worked as a design engineer in Greenville, NC, and then headed back to Raleigh to join the hydraulic modeling team at CDM."
Major: Mathematics, with a minor in computer science
Plans: "Right now, my main plan is focusing on gaining experience and becoming a P.E. (Professional Engineer)."
Good Advice: "Learn as much as possible while in school. You never know where life will take you."