The road to academic success—April Senner

 

April Senner is truly a remarkable student. She’s creative, dedicated, and hard working. She has excelled in the fields of Mathematics and Computer Science and earlier this year presented some of her work at the Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics. I recently got the opportunity to interview April and discover more about her and her time at WOU.

What is your major and minor?

“I’m a Computer Science/Math major (no minor)”

You recently presented at the Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics, tell me about your experience at the conference.

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April at the Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics

“I was surprised at what a beneficial and fun experience it was to go to the Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics (January 31 to February 2). Our days were packed with talks we could go to, research presentations by other undergraduate women, and panel discussions about various career- and graduate school-related topics. I was also able to gain insight and tips by networking with many other girls from around the country; all the women were really friendly. I presented my poster on the second day of the conference. Since I had already presented on my research before, I was comfortable, but it was an interesting new twist to present it with a math emphasis rather than computer science emphasis as my other presentations had been. Overall, the conference encouraged me that my math and problem-solving skills are valuable, and to keep working hard so I can use them to land a job soon. Plus, I got to go to Nebraska for the first time, and it even snowed while we were there!”

Is there anything you are currently researching/working on?

“Right now I’m not doing any further research, although I do keep up with my research lab from last summer, and they may pick up where I left off with my research. However, I am currently in the process of implementing an online sign-in sheet and database for the Math Center (the drop-in tutor area). It’s almost fully functional, and now I just need to get it running on a secure server. The plan is to have it ready to use by next fall!”

What kinds of activities, clubs, organizations do you belong to at WOU?

“I’ve been a part of Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) for the past two years—I’m on the leadership team and I am one of the worship leaders there.  I am also involved in the math department (not a club or organization) as a math tutor and grader. I love getting to put my skills to use with the activities I’m involved with, blessing others!”

What are your future goals after WOU?

“Being a software engineer is my goal. This summer I have an internship with a software company in Portland, and I hope to gain helpful experience and more of an idea of what kind of job I’m most fit for.”

Favorite memory at WOU?

“Jamming (singing with guitar) with friends outside WUC every week spring—out on the steps on sunny days and in the bus stop on rainy days. I love getting to say hi to friends and smile at strangers who walk by. And music just makes everyone happier.”

What is a fun fact about yourself that people wouldn’t normally know?

“I love buying old, frumpy dresses from thrift stores (I love thrift stores!) and then altering them so they’re not a fashion disgrace. Usually I just make them more fitted through the sides, take out the shoulder pads, and cut a lot of the length off. Then, voila! I’ve got a cute dress for $3!”

 

by Katrina Penaflor

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