Michelle Tan, Computer Sciences & Data Science

Double Major Michelle TanYear in school: Sophomore

Hometown: Wuhan, China

What made you decide to double major in these two areas and how do they work together?

I decided to double major because both fields interest me greatly, and they also go hand in hand with each other. Data science helps me apply my knowledge of computer science to very realistic settings that show me the results immediately.  Computer science provides me with a programming background to perform and optimize complicated data analysis and helps me go further in data science. I have been interested in computer science since my freshman year in high school, and I was certain that it is the major I wanted to pursue since then. After taking AP Stats, I also found data analysis to be particularly fascinating, and I love how it is able to pick up seemingly messy data and find patterns. As a result, when I saw that data science was becoming a major my freshman year here in UW-Madison, I decided that I will go for it as well.

Can you describe your future plans (grad school, job, etc. if you already know what you will be doing), or what you hope to pursue? Do you think your majors will work together in the professional world, and if so, how?

I am still uncertain about my future plans, but currently, I plan on finding a full-time job after graduation for two to three years before going to grad school. I am still unsure what exact kind of job I want to do. I think my two majors could easily work together if I am to become a data scientist.