Professor Asaad Saad and His Beautiful Philosophy of Teaching

Professor Asaad Saad, beloved Director of the Master’s in Software Development program at MIU, receives such extraordinary reviews from his students that we were eager to sit with him and learn why they speak so highly of him. Is it his philosophy of teaching? Or the artist that he sees in every student? Let’s find out.

Interview by Christine Albers

Asaad received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Aleppo University, Syria, in 2001.  After graduating, he worked on many web development projects at businesses and government industries for 15 years.  During that time, Asaad worked and lived in Lebanon, Jordan, and Abu Dhabi. His last position, before coming to the USA, was with the Ministry of Interior in Abu Dhabi where he worked for 7 years until he made the life-changing decision to come to MIU.

CA: How did you learn about MIU, Asaad?

Asaad: A friend in Abu Dhabi told me about the Masters in Computer Science program (ComPro) at MIU. He said, “Let’s try applying together and see how it goes.” I wasn’t that interested, but I took the ComPro entrance exam and gained acceptance to the program. Somehow my visa was delayed and I continued working at the Ministry which I enjoyed very much.  I was living my life and almost forgot about ComPro when I got a call from the embassy saying that my visa is ready. My friend was already at MIU, so I asked him about the program before making my decision. He said, “Come now. It’s a change that you should make in your life.”

CA: That’s very interesting as so many students say the same thing. A friend will tell them, “Drop everything and come,” and it changes their life. So, did your friend give you the nudge you needed to come to MIU?

Asaad: Yes, he influenced me, but the situation in the Middle East was also a factor as it was complicated at that time because of the raging war in Syria. I hadn’t been able to see my family for two years while I was in Abu Dhabi. I was losing hope about doing anything in the Middle East and thought maybe it was a good idea to make a change and go to the United States. So that, combined with my friend’s encouragement, motivated me to come to MIU.

CA: You started at MIU as a ComPro student. How did you go from being a student to running the Master’s in Software Development (MSD) program?

Asaad: I started in the Computer Science program in 2014, and at some point, I was acknowledged by some of the senior faculty in the department. I loved MIU and the combination of practicing Transcendental Meditation (TM) with Computer Science. I learned about a position for someone with experience in JavaScript and web development, and I had long experience in those areas. Dr. Keith Levi, Dean of the College of Computer Science, offered me a position in the department. I finished all my courses, received my Master’s in Computer Science, and I joined the Computer Science faculty in 2015.

CA: How did that lead to becoming the Director of the Masters in Software Development (MSD)?

Asaad: In 2018, while I was on ComPro faculty, Dr.Levi suggested creating more courses relating to JavaScript. He asked me to design a curriculum, so I started talking to friends and faculty members about what was needed, and I prepared the courses.  We started offering the program to people with any Bachelor’s degree, even if they had no computer science background in 2019. It was a big adventure because we needed to take the students from very little knowledge of computer science to becoming competent JavaScript developers. It was a learning experience for all of us.

CA: I hear so many great things about you from your MSD students. What do you love best about teaching?

Asaad: Nothing compares to having the ability to help students make positive changes in their lives. I may have some hard times in my life, stress, etc., but when I get feedback from former students who reconnect with me and tell me what a big impact I had on their professional lives, I know I am doing the right thing. MSD Director Asaad at Graduation party

CA: Do you have a philosophy of teaching?

Asaad: I enjoy giving and I also enjoy simplifying concepts. I’m not the kind of teacher who goes to the lecture and reads something and leaves. I make sure that by the end of every lecture, every student has absorbed the concepts. I will explain any concept a million times until everyone understands it.

CA: Is it harder for MSD students because they don’t have a computer background?

Asaad: Any students who succeed in MSD find that coding is a natural talent. Coding isn’t hard. They don’t have to study a lot of math before they can become programmers. It’s a lot of work, but if they are persistent and have the aptitude they can succeed and it’s enjoyable if they love programming. I see coding as an art, really.

CA: Can you explain why you see coding as an art?

Asaad: Computer code is like notes of music in a music score. If you give any piece of music to different musicians or even an orchestra, each plays it in their way. They translate that piece into their own feelings and emotions during the performance. You never hear the same performance more than once. For instance, when I play the violin, I play differently every time, depending on my emotions.

Similarly, when I look at my students’ coding, I see each one as an artist, creating code according to their own creative instincts. There’s an art to coding, just like music. That’s the beauty of computer science.

CA: You obviously have a great love of music and I understand you are an accomplished violinist.

Asaad: I studied music as a child back in Syria. My sister and brother went to a Russian music institute and I studied violin for 6 years after school hours. My parents loved music and encouraged all our family to play instruments. My sister played piano, my brother played clarinet, and I chose the violin. I played with the Chamber Orchestra in Aleppo and the Damascus Orchestra, and then the United Arab Emirate Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra during my entire residency in the United Arab Emirates. When I came to the United States, I joined the Southeast Iowa Symphony and have been playing with them for the last seven years.

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CA: How are MSD students different from students at other universities?

Asaad: Our students are always motivated, hard-working, determined to change their lives, most of them were stuck in their lives at some point for various reasons. They hear about programming and software development and it’s a highly paid job. They are looking for a change in their lives for the better, and they find this place is the best place for that change. So, when they arrive at MIU they want to take full advantage of this program and are determined to succeed.

CA: What do you think of the Block System?

Assad: The block system is pretty unique. It’s easy because the students take one subject at a time, but hard because they have to learn and study everything each day. At the end of each block, they take an exam, so there is no time to slack off. But the advantage is that each block prepares you for the next one, so it’s like climbing a ladder.

CA: What do students enjoy most when studying MSD courses?

Asaad: In the afternoon sessions the students work in groups on certain ideas and projects and they build them together. This is a very enjoyable activity for students and it’s important for them because they can add these projects to their resume, and by the time they graduate they already have a portfolio of projects to show to prospective employers.

CA: What do you like best about MIU?

Asaad: Probably the support in my department. I never had so much support in the work environment.  We work as one team and we support each other in all aspects. That is number 1.

Secondly, I love the culture that we have in Fairfield due to the meditating community with the peaceful, lovely people who smile all the time. You never find this in other parts of the US, or in any place in the world. I have traveled a lot around the USA and I always feel Fairfield is home.

CA: What did you think of Transcendental Meditation when you arrived at MIU?

Asaad: I learned TM when I came to the university but I didn’t realize the benefits until about 6 months after learning. It took a while to get deep inside of me, but with regular checking, I started enjoying it more and I saw that meditation helped me in my daily life. It helped me focus, advance, and learn more. Maybe that’s why I’m successful.

Now that I have been meditating regularly for several years, I feel the benefits and have a deep appreciation for Maharishi Mahesh Yogi who decided to teach meditation and start this school. I learned more advanced techniques and I’m grateful to be given this gift. When I see that students come here from all over the world and meditate twice a day, that’s awesome.

I’m an ambassador for angular framework and when I go to conferences and tell people about how we teach TM and combine it with computer science in the form of Consciousness-based education, they think it is probably the most brilliant idea ever.

Asaad Speaking at Conference

CA: Do you enjoy the international culture?

Asaad: It’s amazing. I love the international culture. When I lived in the United Arab Emirates, the environment was international and I worked with people from all around the world. Abu Dhabi is an international city with a diverse environment and when I came to MIU I felt like I was home because it has a diverse international student population. Even the MSD students who are residents come from all over the world.

CA: Do you have any advice for prospective students?

Asaad: I would say, just come. Don’t think twice. This will be the best decision you will ever make. Of course, you need to have the desire and the passion for learning. The program isn’t going to be easy, but MIU will help in every way. Our graduates are so proud they completed the program and we are so proud of them. They did it! And they did it with all the help and support from MIU faculty and staff. MSD requires serious work, like any Master’s degree, but if they have passion for software development, they can succeed, and this is reflected by two graduating classes who have 100% placement in great jobs. We are very proud of our MSD graduates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top MSD Graduate Jeremy Chronister Creates a New Life for Himself and His Family

“The Master’s in Software Development (MSD) is set up to help you succeed. You can come here knowing that the faculty will do all they can to help, and then, with the team projects, your classmates work with you and everyone helps each other. It’s a great environment, very supportive, and set up for learning and moving forward.  It’s an investment year of your life, but in the end, it will be worth it.” ~ Jeremy Chronister

By Christine Albers

It takes a lot of courage and determination to pack up yourself, your wife, 3 young children, 30 beehives, and a kayak, and move from Tennessee to Iowa to pursue a new career. But Jeremy Chronister did it – and he’s glad he did. After working in the paper industry as an engineer for 19 years Jeremy knew it was time for a change. “Paper mills are an old school industry,” he explains. He was in the fine papers industry, which includes printer paper, magazines, etc. and much of it was declining. He had enjoyed creating some computer programs at the job and wanted to gain more expertise in computer technology. But where to go? Most computer science Master’s programs require a BA in computer science and Jeremy’s degree was in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maine. Then he found the Master’s in Software Development program at MIU.

CA: How did you become interested in computer science?

Jeremy: I learned early in my career that life is a lot easier if you can automate things.  I wanted to get into computer programming, but it’s hard to get over that hump of not having a strong computer science background. I taught myself some visual basic and JavaScript but needed training in modern frameworks.

CA: How did you hear about MIU?

Jeremy: I learned about MIU through my mother-in-law who lives in Fairfield, Iowa. She told me there was a new Master’s in Software Development (MSD) which didn’t require any experience or background in computer science. We weren’t sure how it was going to go, because in 2019 it was only in its first year, so we waited and watched the first class and it turned out great. All the graduates got good jobs so I felt encouraged to apply. The MSD program covers all the in-demand technologies and offers a well-rounded education which was a heads up for me.

CA: Was MSD everything you hoped for?

Jeremy: I learned a lot and I liked the block schedule where you work on one subject at a time and everything builds from the class before it. We used what we just learned in our next class and I liked that we didn’t have to keep switching up subjects like at other colleges.

CA: Was it challenging?

Jeremy: It was challenging but my classmates were great and we all helped each other when we ran into problems. Plus, our professors were very helpful and willing to assist whenever we needed it.

CA: How was the international culture?

Jeremy: Catching the accents of everyone was difficult at first but I finally got there. Ironically, I was told I have an accent which I couldn’t believe! Once you get the rhythm, the other languages are easier to understand, especially since many of the international students had been in the USA for a few years.

I really liked meeting people from so many countries, such as Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, Pakistan, Nepal, and China. They were polite and fun to work with. We were all in the same boat, trying to improve our lives no matter where we came from. It was a good opportunity and it expanded my understanding of the world to see that the news doesn’t show you everything. They are all people like me.

MSD friends with Jeremy at graduation

CA: How are the faculty?

Jeremy: They are excellent,  always helpful, and trying to assist and challenge us. They got us started on an idea for a project and encouraged us to learn the details and implement it on our own. We learned how to read the API documentation which we will need in the future when we are constantly learning new technologies. It will be important to be self-sufficient and work out problems independently in the working environment.

CA: Now that you have finished MSD, how do you feel about programming?

Jeremy: I really enjoy programming because you can make it into an art. You can create code that moves smoothly or roughly; it’s up to the programmer to make it easy for everyone to understand what you are doing and minimize any redundance.

CA: How did you like working on a team?

Jeremy: If you have a good team, it goes pretty smoothly. As long as the code works and passes the tests there is a lot of room to play,  so each person can do their part, with their own style.  Everyone writes slightly differently, but we keep to the standards and then put it all together to make one full application. It’s great to see it all work in the end.

CA: Do you feel ready for a job as a JavaScript web developer?

Jeremy: I feel comfortable with everything we covered in the curriculum and our professors always gave us the latest popular framework.  Although each company might use different standards, once we learn one framework, we can quickly learn others because they are usually similar ideologies.

CA: What qualities are needed to succeed as a JavaScript programmer?

Jeremy: A good programmer needs to be detail-oriented and also a little creative, able to spin ideas in a different way. If they learn one skill, they should be able to spin it and apply it to something else. I do not think everyone can be a programmer, because everyone is given different gifts and talents. The ability to write programs requires being able to break a problem down into logical steps which will be combined to accomplish your goal.

CA: How did you do all this with a family?

Jeremy: My family was very supportive. We have 3 girls, ages 5, 7, 9, and my wife home schools them. They always made sure I went to school and gave me time to do my TM and study at night. My wife wanted me to do this because of the opportunity to get a good job in the end. They helped me stay rested during the year and I was in bed every night by 10:00 pm, which helped me be alert during classes in the day.

CA: How do you feel about your TM practice? Did it help you in school?

Jeremy: I learned TM when I arrived at MIU and it was questionable at first, but I was willing to try it because of all the  good research on the benefits.

For me, the effects were more subtle. It helped my mind settle down so I had more clarity. I think it helped me learn more and absorb the material because I could focus better without all the racing thoughts.

CA: Will you continue your TM now that you have graduated?

Jeremy:  I plan to continue meditating. I’ve kept it up since graduating and hope to stay in the routine of doing it each day when I get a new job.

CA: How’s the job search going?

Jeremy: I took a few weeks off after my courses ended to spend time with my family, so I’m just getting into the job search process. I’m hoping to get a job where I can see the whole flow, from the back end to the front end, to the distribution of information, to the Cloud. I like seeing how all the pieces work together. In the MSD program, we learned in a development setting, but code production is fundamentally different. With development, you are only testing code, but in production, you might get a million requests so you have to scale things out so you can handle all the incoming requests. We learned how to set that up in our Cloud Computing classes.

CA: What are you looking for in a job?

Jeremy: I would like a remote job. I am location-specific with my hobbies because I’m into whitewater kayaking and the best spots are away from big cities where the tech jobs are. My family and I hope to go back to the tri-state area of West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, where we are from, and where there’s a lot of white-water kayaking.

CA: What would you say to students who are applying for MSD?

Jeremy: MSD is set up to help you succeed. You can come here knowing that the faculty will do all they can to help, and then, with the team projects, your classmates work with you and everyone helps each other. It’s a great environment, very supportive, and set up for learning and moving forward.  It’s an investment year of your life, but in the end, it will be worth it.

 

Congratulations to Jeremy, who completed his courses and graduated from the Masters of Software Development program in August 2021. He started his new career as a JavaScript web developer at Capital Technology Group in Maryland on November 1, 2021. We wish him the best of luck on his next adventure in the world of IT!

The Masters of Software Development is a 12- or 18-month training program for U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, and Asylees, to become software developers. Previous software development training or experience is not necessary to enroll in this program and any bachelor’s degree in any subject is eligible for admission. MSD is now accepting applications for February 2022. For more information call or text 800-563-9673.

 

 

 

 

MSD Professor Dr. Renuka

Dr. Renuka Mohanraj Feeling at Home on Master’s of Software Development Faculty

“I would tell students that MIU is a very happy place to live and study, and this program prepares them to get good jobs and create a better life.” ~ Dr. Renuka

By Christine Albers

Dr. Renuka Mohanraj emigrated from Southern India to join Maharishi International University (MIU) faculty in 2014. In March 2021 she won an industry award for research on wireless security and was honored as a Fellow of the Computer Science Research Council (FCSRC) for her important research on wireless sensor networks (WSN) data security. Let’s meet this brilliant and accomplished professor, who we are so fortunate to have on faculty for the Master’s of Software Development program (MSD), and the MS in Computer Science (ComPro). Learn why her students sing her praises with comments like this:

“Data structure was a crucial course and you made it enjoyable and easy. I love the way you teach and how organized and efficient you are. I appreciate the extra effort you put in to make sure all of us understand the concepts very well. You are the best professor I have had in this program. Best wishes and thank you and I deeply appreciate your hard work.”

CA: Congratulations on your award, Dr. Renuka. Can you tell us about your background?

Dr.  Renuka: I have my Ph.D. in Computer Science and a Master’s in Computer Applications.  I had 19 years of academic experience and worked for 12 years in other universities prior to joining the MIU faculty.

CA: What inspired you to join MIU?

Dr.  Renuka: In 2014, my husband was working in Tanzania and I had just completed my Ph.D. in India. We were looking for a place where our whole family could be together so he searched on Google for a university where we could work and live. When we found MIU we were attracted by the concept of Consciousness-based education. We liked the idea that the development of consciousness through meditation was a big part of the university. We thought that because everyone, the students, staff, and faculty all practice the TM technique, it would be a calm, quiet, and safe place for us to live as a family.

CA: What was it like for you, coming from India to a small-town environment in Iowa?  

MSD Professor Dr. Renuka and familyDr.  Renuka: For me, it wasn’t a complete cultural shift because the university follows Maharishi’s tradition. After meeting my colleagues and students, it felt like my home town very quickly, because many people are meditating and on a spiritual path in addition to a career path.

CA: What do you like best about living in the MIU community?

Dr.  Renuka: In this community, everyone is respectful and loving, and helpful to each other.  That is what’s so great about living here.  I remember arriving on campus as newcomers and everyone smiled at us and welcomed us. It made us feel safe to stay here because the people are so wonderful.

CA: Are you feeling any benefits from your TM practice?

Dr.  Renuka: It’s so wonderful. I have seen myself grow in self-confidence, clarity of mind, calmness, and much more energy.

CA: Do you think the MSD students are different from students you taught at previous universities?

Dr.  Renuka: The MSD students are different from other students because they want to learn as much as they can from the faculty. They have keen observation, and focus, and the determination to gain this knowledge. The MSD course is challenging and requires hard work, but TM gives them greater mental clarity and the energy to accomplish more. MIU is unique because the faculty has to keep up with the demand of the students to learn. This is very stimulating and enjoyable as a teacher.

CA: What do you think of the Block system?

Dr.  Renuka: The Block system is effective for helping students learn and retain knowledge because it’s much easier to go deeply into each subject when they take one course at a time. Students have class in the morning and a practicum in the afternoon.  During the practicum, they apply what they learned in the morning session so they get a complete understanding. The practicum provides an opportunity to solve the type of problems they would encounter in the workplace, which prepares them for their future careers in software development.

CA: I understand that computer science has been mostly male-dominated in the past. Do you think that women faculty and students are outnumbered by men at MIU?

Dr.  Renuka: When I came to MIU in 2014 I was the only woman in the Computer Science Department. MIU recruited me because they wanted more women to join the faculty. Now it is getting better. Many more female students enrolled in the MSD program in August, and there are more women in the department.

CA: Why do you feel it is important for the students to learn TM?

Dr.  Renuka: TM helps students have a balanced personality and reduces stress and anxiety. Because they have inner calm, they are more stable and better able to focus on their classes and learn the technologies. Because TM develops the students from the inside, it helps them be good citizens and creates better quality human beings.

CA: What would you like to say to students who are interested in joining the MSD program?

Dr.  Renuka: I would tell students that it’s a very happy place to live and study, and this program prepares them to get good jobs and create a better life. With their TM practice, they can easily face the challenges of the current market in the IT industry. The technologies may change, but with a clear mind and rested physiology, they can learn new technologies and be successful in the workplace.

The Masters of Software Development is a 12- or 18-month training program for U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, and Asylees, to become software developers. Previous software development training or experience is not necessary to enroll in this program and any bachelor’s degree in any subject is eligible for admission. MSD is now accepting applications for February 2022. For more information call or text 800-563-9673.

 

 

Luwam Invites Women to Join the Master’s in Software Development Program

Meet Luwam Tesfamariam from Eritrea, who arrived in the USA in 2018. Learn how she went from working in customer service to becoming a competent JavaScript software developer and why she encourages more women to take advantage of MIU’s Master’s in Software Development (MSD) program.

By Christine Albers

CA: What was your driving force to come to the USA?

Luwam: In 2018 I was living and working in Dubai as a customer service agent but knew I could do better. My cousin lived in Dallas, Texas and she encouraged me to move to Dallas because there were more career opportunities in the USA.

CA: What was it like when you arrived in the USA?

Luwam-at-deskLuwam: I liked Dallas. Texas is a very welcoming state with many people from different countries. The weather is good and I stayed with my cousin for some months.  I worked in customer service, but all the time I was looking for ways to gain more education for a professional career.

CA: How did you hear about MIU?

Luwam: In Texas, there are lots of tech jobs, and I met several people who graduated from the Computer Professionals Program at MIU (ComPro), and the MIU Master’s in Software Development Program (MSD). They told me that MSD was a one-year program that didn’t require a background in computer science. They had good jobs in financial institutions and banks as software developers, so I thought, why not try this? I came from a completely different background, in psychology, with no experience in computer science, but I thought if they can do it, I can do it.

CA: Why did you choose this particular program?

Luwam: I looked at the curriculum and saw that the courses are specific to the demands of the market. With that kind of focus, I thought I could succeed if I worked hard on my studies. I decided to do it! And here I am.

CA: What was it like when you arrived in Fairfield?

Luwam: People were incredibly welcoming. The Resident Advisors and Admissions Representatives were wonderfully helpful in assisting me. They had smiles all over their faces. They have to meet lots of students in a few days and they might be tired or exhausted, but these people were always smiling. I asked them, how do they do it? They said it’s because we meditate. Being happy is part of them now.

CA: What did you think of Fairfield after living in Dallas?

Luwam: The first thing I noticed is that Fairfield, especially the MIU campus, is very quiet and peaceful. Dallas is a big, busy city with a large population, but Fairfield is small. Small is beautiful. I like that I can have some alone time, where I am not disturbed at all.

CA: As a former psychology major, how was the transition to software development? 

Luwam: It wasn’t easy at first. It was challenging, but not so difficult that it could not be done. Of course, I had to work hard, and I didn’t have lots of spare time.  I’m on the Accelerated Track (12 months) and it’s very busy because it’s just 12 months. We don’t take the foundational classes that students on the Standard Track (18-month program) take.

CA: What’s a typical MSD day like?

Luwam: Every month we have a new course, and every course has a project, something meaningful, that is similar to the work we would do at a real job. We attend class during the day, and then in the afternoon and evening, we work on an assignment that we have to submit that same night. Sometimes we work as individuals and often we work on teams, and it gives us a chance to get hands-on experience.  There are times when we lose our patience, but when we accomplish something, we are so happy. We get our energy back and are ready to strive for something more. When the next course starts, it may start out a little difficult, but we have the attitude that we are ready for more, and let’s go.

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CA: I notice there are a lot fewer women than men on this program. Why do you think that is?

Luwam: I asked myself that same question, “Why are there fewer women compared to the men in the class?” My classmates and I discussed it, and I learned that computer science has been dominated by men for some time. But now it’s getting better. More women joined us at the February entry, so our dorm is fuller now. More companies are hiring women, which motivates women to join this program.

CA: What would you say to women who are interested in the program but are shy about applying?

 Luwam: I would say, please don’t hesitate and listen to what your heart truly tells you. Sometimes we ask for advice, but at the end of the day, our decisions should be based on our own pure feelings and thinking. Some women are intimidated because there are only a few in the program, but they should listen to themselves. If they are motivated and ready, they can’t lose anything. The program takes you from zero experience in software development to getting a great job. That’s what it does. All they need is motivation.

CA: Do you feel you are getting the knowledge you need to land that great job?

Luwam: Yes, because the knowledge base is very strong. The topics and selection of courses are crucial parts of software development. Of course, everything is important, but we are learning up-to-date technologies and the frameworks and libraries that companies use among their software development teams. I’m especially enjoying Angular development because there are many ways to use it. It’s a technique that is in demand right now and it’s the latest framework, so yes, we are up to date on the current knowledge.

CA: How do you feel about the faculty?  

Luwam: They know what they are doing and they are kind and helpful. It’s not easy to take someone without any prior experience and train them to be skilled developers. For example, when I look at the curriculum at the beginning of each course and see the final project, I think I’ll never be able to do it. But within 3 weeks of intense work, my classmates and I surprise ourselves because we learned it. We have to work hard, but the faculty members are good at training new people. They start slow, and they are always available to answer questions and want to help us succeed. Some even help us over the weekend and in the evening, which we appreciate so much!

CA: Has your Transcendental Meditation practice helped with your studies?

Luwam: TM was something I never heard of before.  It is a relaxation technique that brings my mind to a calm state so I can learn better and not be anxious. I really like the yoga asanas because they help me be more flexible after sitting at a computer for so many hours.

CA: What is the greatest benefit you’ve gained from the MSD program?

Luwam: In just one year, the MSD program has taught me how to become a competent software developer with a skill set that is in demand.

CA: That pretty much says it all, Luwam! What advice would you give specifically for women who are applying for the Masters in Software Development program?

Luwam: I would tell them that I understand if they are wavering, but they should just decide to come. I worried that I might not succeed. I was afraid I would suffer because it would be too much of a strain for something I couldn’t achieve. At the end of the day, I told myself, if you are willing to do your best, and have the motivation to put in the hard work, to be persistent and not give up, then you can do it. I would tell other women, you have to believe in yourself and the faculty here, who will help you.

CA: Is there anything else you would like to say, Luwam?

Luwam: I would like to thank all the MSD faculty at MIU for their dedication and for encouraging and pushing us to become better developers. We work very hard but we are so happy when we complete the final project for each course. I encourage more women to join this program so they can get a great job. I would tell anyone, “You can do it!”

Luwam is currently enrolled in the Masters of Software Development program and will begin applying for JavaScript web developer positions when her courses finish in August. We wish her the best of luck on her next adventure in the world of IT!

WATCH HER VIDEO HERE:

https://youtu.be/00fIIsMXgl4

The Masters of Software Development is a 12- or 18-month training program for U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, and Asylees, to become software developers. Previous software development training or experience is not necessary to enroll in this program and any bachelor’s degree in any subject is eligible for admission.