- Supriya Premkumar
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Within a year of completing her certificate in Internet Programming and Development, Supriya Premkumar has already launched a series of successful mobile apps. When she first enrolled, she was completely new to programming, having studied mechanical engineering in India. She completed an internship at Y Media Labs while studying full-time before eventually accepting a position at the Stanford National Accelerator Laboratory.
What skills did you want to learn when you began your studies?
Because I was switching from mechanical engineering to computer science, and I had no programming experience or knowledge, I wanted to learn Java, Android and the MEAN stack. I learned all of these languages at UCSC Extension, and now I am learning even more in my current position. The languages I learned at Extension helped me transition into learning more advanced computer science concepts while gaining real-time experience.
How did your internship enhance your learning experience?
At Y Media Labs, I was part of a two-member team. I was responsible for building a native android application for a bank. I built contacts page calendaring capabilities. After completing my program I also completed an android developer bootcamp at CodePath, which helped me build on skills I learned at UCSC Extension.
What courses stood out to you?
Do you have any advice for aspiring programmers?
UCSC Extension provides a great opportunity for students from different streams to switch to computer science and can act as a gateway into learning more advanced topics. The course format is concise and well-tailored to have the right amount of depth and a low enough barrier to entry. The staff, both faculty and administrative, are very helpful. I’d like to share a special shout-out to Ray, Kathy and team for helping us understand F1 visa requirements and staying on top of things! What are you up to now? I have an exciting internship to look forward to at SLAC where I will be working with the best minds. UCSC Extension was my first step in preparing for the rigors of life as a software engineer.