Rosalyn Tan

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Undergraduate Student at University of Notre Dame

Was there a particular person or event that influenced your career choice? When I started my freshman year at Notre Dame, I had only intended to major in physics. I really liked science, and physics seemed to me to be the science that answered the fundamental questions about how the world works. Computer science has also always seemed interesting to me, but I didn’t have any experience with it in high school so I never really thought about studying it in college. However, many of my friends are engineer majors and spent spring semester working on a project that involved computer coding. Spending time with my friends as they worked on their codes sparked my interest in computer science further, and I spent much of that semester trying to figure out whether I wanted to switch to computer science or stay in physics. Eventually, I decided to compromise and study both!

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What do you like to do outside of work? Most of my free time in the fall is spent playing piccolo in my university’s marching band. I also enjoy reading, playing piano and flute, and spending time with my friends.

What are some of your recent personal goals? My main goal is to complete a dual-degree in computer science and physics within the next three years! I plan to do some undergraduate research in both fields to help me decide what field I will go into after graduation. I would also like to train to run a half-marathon before I graduate!

What career did you imagine yourself in as a young girl? I was incredibly indecisive about what I wanted to do when I was younger. I wanted to be an artist, a veterinarian, a lawyer, a computer animator, and a researcher!

Coffee shop drink of choice? Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino.

Read more about her career! Computer Scientist, Physicist

ocat2Bio: Rosalyn is a physics and computer science student at University of Notre Dame. She hopes to either enter a career that uses both computer science and physics upon graduation, or pursue a graduate degree. According to Rosalyn, analytic thinking, perseverance, time management, and enthusiasm are all important qualities for studying physics and computer science!