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Name: Kathleen Shoga

Age: 20

Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.

Major(s): Computer Engineering and Computer Science

Expected graduation: 2016

Plans: Graduate school

Kathleen Shoga, Team Venus ’13

Kathleen Shoga, Team Venus ’13
“We have worked hard together and the competition will let us put our training to use. I am proud to be a member of Team Venus and will give it my all in the competition. – Kathleen Shoga, Team Venus ’13

In her words:

It wasn't until my senior year in high school that I found my love for computer science. Before that, because I was a varsity basketball player, I spent most of my time in class, doing homework, practicing, or competing in games with my team.

The initial push toward computer science came from my digital photography teacher. He used to come to my games and cheer me on. At the end of my freshman year, he told me that I needed to take his advanced placement computer science course. The course was only offered to juniors and seniors, so without thinking much about it, I told him that I would definitely take the class. When I finally took his class as a senior, something just clicked. I really enjoyed all of the projects, even though they were sometimes difficult and time consuming. I loved the challenge and the satisfaction of completing the projects that some of my classmates just gave up on.

When looking at colleges, I didn't want to limit myself. Even though I had a new-found interest in computer science, I wanted to make sure that I could try out more things before I needed to make a final decision. I chose University of the Pacific because I was able to come in as an exploratory student in the School of Engineering and Computer Science, pursue my interest in the legal field as a legal scholar in the Pacific Legal Scholars Program, and be a part of the Honors Program all at once.

In my freshman year I was asked if I would like to participate in the first all-female team to compete in the international student cluster challenge at the supercomputing conference SC12. I worked hard with the team, and though I was not part of the six competing members, preparing with them and going to the conference helped me to realize that I wanted to do a double major of computer science and computer engineering.

This year I am one of the system administrators for the team and I am very excited to compete. We have worked hard together and the competition will let us put our training to use. I am proud to be a member of Team Venus and will give it my all in the competition.

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