Hometown: Ridgefield, Conn.
Major: Justice and Law Administration and Computer Science
WCSU Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science and Bachelor of Science in Justice and Law Administration
Activities: Computer Science Club, part-time job as a sales associate at the Gap
Honors and Awards: Dean’s List every semester, 3.8 GPA
Samantha Taddonio started her higher education in the College of Criminal Justice at Northeastern University. "I attended NEU for two years prior to transferring here, and I have attended Western for four out of the six years I’ve been attending college," she says.
"My original reason for transferring to WCSU was because of financial reasons," she says. "However, being closer to my home, family, friends and knowing that the Justice and Law Administration program has a very good reputation really cemented my decision. The decision to attend Western has also given me the opportunity to pursue computer science as a second major because of the money I saved transferring schools. I have not regretted it at all."
Taddonio says she majored in Justice and Law Administration "because of my fascination with the law and because of my need to help people." Later, she says, "I added my Computer Science major because computers are a passion of mine. I wanted to know how computers and the software on them work. The ability to now create my own programs still amazes me."
In both her chosen fields of study, Taddonio found faculty members who took an interest in her success. "My JLA adviser, Dr. Michael Foley, helped me through my JLA major; while my computer science adviser, Professor Gancho Ganchev, has helped guide me through my burgeoning computer science career. Honorable mentions go to my other computer science professors: Dr. William Joel and Professor Todor Ivanov, who have been helpful and encouraging when I needed it."
Asked what she will remember most about her Western experience, Taddonio says, "My experience as a whole has been a long, enlightening and ultimately enjoyable journey. I have met many people who have challenged, guided and befriended me."
After graduation, Taddonio plans to find a job that takes advantage of both her areas of study. "Further in the future," she says, "I have plans to attend graduate school and continue my education."
Taddonio's advice to new students entering WCSU is: "Keep an open mind and find friends who will challenge you and make you better! I wouldn't be half the person I am without mine."