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Jacqueline Mok

BCS 2012

Now working with Goldman Sachs in New Jersey, Jacqueline Mok has a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from Waterloo with a minor in Speech Communication. When asked about her success in achieving her goal, Jacqueline Mok credits all of the mentors she had throughout high school and university. They gave her the strength to believe in herself and make it through tough times. She thinks it's important, naturally, to provide mentors for younger students, especially those in computer science. When Jacqueline was awarded the Outstanding Service and Leadership Award by the School of Computer Science, she was recognized especially for her role in founding the Waterloo BigCSters mentoring program with the help of Therese Biedl, Anna Lubiw, and Nancy Day. This program pairs senior CS student mentors with first year female CS students. The year before, she was awarded the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship, which recognizes students who make a difference in their community.
 
Jacqueline points out that women in technology create a special niche. A support network is important for women, and she recommends that students take advantage of any form of casual or formal mentoring that's available. Over the years, the mentoring program has grown, and younger CS students are now driving it. The thriving program includes several events each term. This helps build a sense of community by enabling students to be connected to and inspired by others.   
 
When asked if she remembers a turning point for deciding on her area of research, Jacqueline recalls that her high school Computer Science teacher made CS enjoyable. A simple counting program showed her just how powerful 10 lines of code could be. She took CS for three years in high school and still remembers the fun and interesting projects she worked on.   
 
When it came time to decide on a university, Waterloo's reputation and its co-op program helped her to make a decision. She hopes that students will "dream big" and she strongly recommends the co-op program because it provides exposure to the work force while still in school. Jacqueline finds it's the best of both worlds.

Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo