Nicole is from Edmond, OK. She is a Distinguished Scholar, the recipient of a FedEx scholarship and a Multicultural Engineering Program scholarship. She has always loved technology and was able to assemble her Sega video system at age three. At the age of eight an online game called Neopets encouraged her to work on HTTML. In high school Nicole was part of the Edmond Memorial HTTML team who won the State competition and placed 13th in the nation. She also enjoyed taking AP Programming in high school. She is currently a sophomore in Computer Science, minoring in Japanese. However, Nicole has already 32 credit hours prior to joining the University of Oklahoma. She hopes to join the CS accelerated degree program after a studying abroad in Japan for a year. Japan will not be Nicole’s first study abroad experience as she previously spent a summer semester in France.
Prior to enrolling in the CS program at OU, Nicole took a tour of campus and the College of Engineering. With the combination of excellent scholarship opportunities and quality facilities for Engineering and specifically Computer Science students she made her decision to come to OU. Nicole sees coding as foreign language and it is not much different for her from learning Japanese. She appreciates the community atmosphere and the fact that she is not treated differently for being a girl in a predominately male field. Being exposed to new programming languages is one of Nicole’s favorite things about the CS program.
Nicole’s interest in languages does not stop at Computer Science and Japanese, she also speaks some French, Spanish, and German. When Nicole is not busy studying programming languages or other foreign languages, she is creating websites and video games. Her other hobbies include reading and writing poems and short stories.
After graduating Nicole would love to work for a firm that has both an American and Japanese presence.