Name: Jordan Longato
Hometown: Oak Creek
Course of Study: Software Engineering
Why did you choose MSOE?
The reason I chose MSOE was really simple: I did a Google search for “software degrees in Wisconsin,” and MSOE was the first one to show up! I learned more about the program, and I decided to apply. I have made it to my senior year and couldn’t be prouder.
How has financial aid impacted your college experience?
I’m thankful for all the help that MSOE has provided me in the academic scholarship and for this Wisconsin Grant. I am happy that there has been a portion of financial aid given to me; it really does help me.
Did receiving financial aid impact your decision to attend MSOE?
My main priority was finding a college that offered what I wanted. MSOE provided that, so I made it work.
What will a college degree mean to you?
Well, I’ll be the first one to graduate with a college degree in my entire family. That means a lot to me, but the real accomplishment will be the fact that I graduated MSOE in the first place. The college degree really just reassures me that I can prove that I am a valuable asset to any company that chooses to hire me.
Have you learned something during college you didn’t expect?
YES! Oh my, gosh where do I start?! I would say the biggest thing is the social interaction between someone who is making the product versus the person using the product. Obviously not all product owners know what it takes to make the product. They just want features, so as a developer you need to be able to communicate the things that are and aren’t possible. That has got to be one the biggest things I’ve ever learned here that I did not expect. I have actually made it my personal goal to practice this interaction so that when I give a presentation I am able to communicate effectively to people who may not understand why something works the way it does.
What are your plans after graduation?
I want to have a full-time position as a developer, and I still want to learn things related to my major. Graduate school is not something I’m considering now, and possibly one day I will attend graduate school for some kind of business degree, but who knows!