Roslyn Parker

“Transitioning from high school to college was a dream come true. During my high school years I wanted to figure out a way to get out of high school as soon as possible. A friend of my mom’s told us about the VAST program and from there I was driven to get into the program. The process of getting accepted into the program gave me a glimpse of what it’s like to get accepted into a job. There was a tour of the campus, then a test, and finally an interview. The interview was the hardest part for me but I got through it and was so happy to be accepted into the VAST program. That was my ticket into Vermont Tech. From the get-go I knew what major I wanted to pursue and I decided to go for a four year degree.”

Roslyn choose Vermont Tech because it was close to where she lived. She was a commuter before COVID hit. “It was nice to be able to go back home everyday after classes and eat dinner with my family. Some other reasons I choose Vermont Tech was because of the small college campus, friendly environment, and amazing teachers. The small classes allow for more individual learning help for students. This was very helpful and integral in my success in understanding my studies.”

“I selected Computer Software Engineering because of my passion for computers, video games, and exposure to programming in high school. My first programming language I ever learned was python. In high school, at The Sharon Academy, I took a game design class where I made a game that had different levels. The main character was a cat and it had to eat mice and run away from dogs. In order to complete a level you would have to eat all the mice. This was where my love for Computer Software Engineering truly blossomed.”

The classes that stick out to Roslyn the most were classes taught by Jeremy Ouelette and Jack Skoda. Their teaching style resonated with her and they explained everything very clearly and in an organized manner. All the pieces seemed to fit together and it was easy to grasp ideas quickly for Roslyn.

“Vermont Tech was the only college I have ever applied for. I didn’t really have a searching process because from what I heard of other college environments, they were not what I was looking for. Vermont Tech was the perfect choice for me and I have never regretted it.”

“When I needed help at Vermont Tech I would contact the teacher of the class using email. They were always quick to respond and very helpful. The library was a great place for quiet productive study time and it is where I spent most of my out-of-class time between classes during the day.”

In the future, Roslyn hopes to get job as a Developer/Software Engineer on a Business Operations Team or working on automation projects for a company. “Automation is one of my many passions in software engineering. Automating a process makes someone’s life easier and it is a gratifying experience to have a working program that positively effects someone else’s workflow.”

“I am currently employed as a Business Operations Developer Intern at Red River. I interned at Red River back in the summer of 2019. That experience gave me a step forward to my goals and allowed me to discover my passion for automation. I am currently working on another automation project that will help with the process of testing.”

“My advice to incoming students would be that they should be them. You are exploring and discovering what you are passionate about. Another piece of advice would be, if you have a question, any question, ask it. If you are having trouble or struggling on something, take time to struggle but don’t get caught up in it. Once you have struggled some and get stuck ask a question to help you move forward. Stay organized and stay focused, time management is key.”

  • School

    Engineering and Computing

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  • Hometown

    Sharon, VT