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Certificate Recipients

Michael ChenBiological Sciences, Computer Science

What sparked your interest in entrepreneurship?

I took a CS class as a freshman and really enjoyed taking it. That introductory CS course piqued my interested in computer science, and I decided to pursue a minor in Computer Science. I took really awesome courses in Artificial Intelligence and found myself learning topics that I was truly interested in. I begin learning web development and joined EPIC, NU’s entrepreneurship student group.  I’ll never forget the time when I had to rebuild 4 of EPIC’s webpages in a week during the coldest part of the winter…while sick. It showed me the power of working with a great team and under an even greater leader - without them, I would have never pushed myself that far.

EPIC and entrepreneurship reshaped my future from medicine to computer science. I learned from EPIC that I really loved to build great products and websites and look forward to doing so in the future as a software developer.

What was your favorite entrepreneurship course?

NUvention: Web + Media - I took and TA’d the course a year later. It was a great experience that pushed me to learn new programming languages. You really make the most of the experience, and I’m glad that I took in as much as I did during my time as a student and a TA.

What has been your greatest takeaway or lesson-learned from an entrepreneurship course?

Take on projects that go beyond your scope of knowledge! You’ll find yourself rising up to the challenge and will find yourself growing and learning in ways you’d never imagine. Don’t let fear or hesitation cripple you!

What advice do you have for future certificate pursuers?

Get project experience either through an internship or through a student group. It’s extremely helpful when you interview for jobs. You’ll also find yourself learning how the real world works, and it’ll offer you a great experiential learning experience.

What are your next steps after graduation or what are you currently doing now? 

I’m currently working at IBM Design in Austin as a developer.

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