Rachel Shinn

Getting the Upper Hand

Major: Informatics

Minor: Business

Dream Job: Analyst with the Department of Defense

Within minutes of receiving a pamphlet from the School of Informatics and Computing detailing the degrees offered, Rachel Shinn knew it was where she wanted to be and hasn’t looked back. “I love the fact that you can customize your degree,” she says. “There are so many options to choose for a cognate, so I was able to pick something that I actually wanted to do in college – not just something that was ‘safe’ or something that would only please my parents.”

Rachel is an undergrad assistant for the Introduction to Informatics course and is the president of the Informatics and Computing Student Association. She is also a member of the Undergraduate Women in Computing group and works as a tutor for the IU Athletics Academic Center.

As a summer intern with Medical Protective, Rachel worked to help them create new strategies, upgrade their tools, and solve any problems that arose. She has also interned with BAE systems, a Department of Defense contractor, building small databases in Microsoft Access. Her dream job would be to work for the Department of Defense.

Rachel has enjoyed her stay in Bloomington and loves the fact that there is always something different to do on any given day, be it musical performances, sporting events, or farmers markets.

The School of Informatics and Computing has provided Rachel with lasting relationships and excitement for her future. “Technology is everywhere; there’s no denying that. I love that I can study something I enjoy but still have that ‘upper-hand’ with my technical background,” she says.