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Christopher Ward

Former Admissions Officer, Pomona College
MS Candidate, Computer Science, University of Chicago
MA, Higher Education, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
BA, Francophone Studies, Swarthmore College

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I am a Former Admissions Officer at Pomona College and Admissions Fellow at Swarthmore College, from which I graduated in 2005. I also completed a master’s degree in higher education at the University of Michigan and am now pursuing a master’s degree in Computer Science and University of Chicago.I loved working in admissions at Pomona and Swarthmore because I thoroughly enjoy talking about all things college-related. As an admissions officer at Pomona, I approached admissions as an educational process. I took seriously the idea that it was my job to help prospective students decide which schools would be a great fit for them, even if that school wasn’t Pomona. I also spent two summers during college working for the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, for which I was a resident assistant one summer and a computer science teaching assistant the next.

Although I didn’t major in a STEM field in college, I took a number of courses in statistics, computer science, and mathematics. Pursuing graduate school in computer science felt natural, since I was already versed with programming, calculus, linear algebra, and statisics. I had also been programming in SAS — a statistical software package commonly used in biostatistics, epidemiology, and clinical trials — for almost 10 years, but I have delved rather extensively into using other statistical packages and languages, including R, Python, and Java.

In my spare time, I enjoy exploring new neighborhoods in Chicago, reading long-form journalism, and scouring farmers markets for unusual vegetables.