Graduate Spotlight: Emily Wilbourn

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Emily Wilbourn

Emily Wilbourn, a 2022 graduate of Mercer University‘s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science.

What are your plans after graduation?

I’ll be moving to Dallas to work as a software engineer for Microsoft.

What is one of your favorite Mercer memories?

Traveling to Indianapolis with the Society of Women Engineers for the national conference in fall 2021 was one of my favorite Mercer memories. The conference was amazing, but I also had the opportunity to get to know the members of the Mercer Society of Women Engineers chapter better and make many fun memories with them. I am so happy I had the opportunity to be involved in the Society of Women Engineers during my time at Mercer.

What was your favorite class and why?

My favorite class was Dr. Andy Digh’s artificial intelligence class. He did a phenomenal job of providing a holistic view of artificial intelligence to students. His lectures were engaging, and I appreciated how much he tied current events into the class.

What advice do you have for incoming students?

Take the time to get to know your professors. Your professors want you to succeed both academically and professionally, so take advantage of their office hours whenever you can. And make sure to take study breaks and hang out with your friends. One way that I’d recommend getting to know people in your classes is through forming study groups; that’s how I made my closest friends in the Computer Science Department. College is hard, but if you choose to get involved on campus, you can build a strong support system of friends and professors who will be there for you when you need it.

What makes Mercer special to you?

I love how close-knit the Mercer community is. I was able to meet so many wonderful people during my time at Mercer. I also appreciated being surrounded by so many intelligent, hard-working individuals here. I’ll definitely miss the camaraderie I feel with my classmates.

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