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Anna Phung

Anna Phung

Anna Phung

Computer Science / Silver Spring, MD

What made you decide to enroll at the University of Maryland?
I enrolled at the University of Maryland (UMD) because I heard that it was home to a wonderful and warm community. So many students are enrolled at UMD that it is easy to simply meet someone new every day. I am exposed to a wide variety of personalities and cultures just by being a part of the student body. This university is also well-known for its computer science curriculum, and I love to find a good challenge to grow.

What major/career path do you plan on pursuing and how did you select that path?
I initially entered UMD as a student in the general biology major on track to becoming a physician assistant. I am now pursuing computer science at UMD. I chose this path because I recently discovered my passion for creating something from my own hands. Programming is difficult and frustrating at times, but to see my code turn into a product that could potentially benefit a greater audience is the best reward.

Activities I do outside of class or community service/volunteer activities I'm involved with:
In my own free time, I work on personal projects such as web applications, and I am also helping out a research lab on campus develop their website. In the past years, I have also volunteered as an emergency medical technician at a local fire station, worked in a bacterial lab as a technician, and participated in a tutoring program for nearby elementary schools.

Which programs are you enrolled in, and what have you gained from your experience in them thus far?
I am enrolled in the Integrated Life Sciences program, and through that program I have met many students that were incredibly driven and independent. Interacting with them has helped me solidify my own visions and goals for what I want to accomplish at UMD.

Aside from academics, what else do you hope to take away from your time at Maryland?
At Maryland, I hope to gain a network of people that I can rely on and trust. There are many great individuals that I can learn from, and I would like to make my impact by exploring all kinds of different opportunities.

What are your future goals for after graduation?
My goal for after graduation is to become part of a company that make it their purpose to help the underserved. One thing I will never forget a senior colleague said to me as I was working on the ambulance was, "There are many ways to help someone besides being a doctor." The healthcare field, without a doubt, help many patients directly, but in the computer science field, I can help develop a single software or app that could potentially reach millions of people. The possibilities are endless, and I can dedicate my efforts to multiple projects.

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