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Daniel Vaughan

Software Engineer

Computer Science, B.S. '16

How did your program at Biola prepare you for your career?

The computer science degree equipped me with the necessary skills to succeed outside the classroom by emphasizing the importance of continuous learning, problem-solving and critical thinking. Biola also taught me the importance of communicating clearly and effectively in the field of computer science.

What did you appreciate most about your time at Biola?

I appreciated the smaller class size where questions could be answered in-depth, and adequate attention was available when needed. I appreciated the emphasis in class dialogue where we could dive deep into complex and challenging topics. Not only did Biola equip me with the necessary skills and capabilities to be successful in my career as a software engineer, but most importantly my time at Biola taught me the importance of faithfully living out the gospel in whatever career I chose.

How did Biola equip you to be a more faithful follower of Jesus Christ?

Biola's classes, chapels and environment emphasized the importance of living out your faith in all aspects of life. Being successful in your career falls short when glorifying God, advancing the kingdom of God, and having a heart for the lost is not your number one priority and passion. Biola constantly reminded me that being successful in my career would be a waste if it was done in a way that glorified God and pointed others to him.

What advice would you give to students considering your degree program?

A degree in computer science can open the door to numerous career opportunities, high salaries and no shortage of job openings. Often people think a degree in computer science is coding all day everyday but it is way more than that. Effective communication, critical thinking, constant learning and problem solving are at the core of computer science, and if you enjoy those things you will love the field of computer science.