Caroline Akanji

Major: Data Science
Hometown: Lincoln, RI

Q. In your opinion, what makes the College of Arts and Sciences at URI unique?A. The College of Arts and Sciences at URI is unique because of how many different routes a student can take to achieve their academic goals. It’s not a clear-cut path to getting your degree and it’s awesome that A&S understands this and works with and encourages students.

What accomplishments and/or activities at URI are you most proud of now?
I’m most proud of being able to have been a part of the e-board on Alima Int’l Association during the 2019-2021 school years. This organization allowed me to step into my leadership capabilities which will definitely be useful in my future endeavors. Alima Int’l Dance Association aims to express different messages through music and dance. In Arabic, ALIMA means, “Those who are skilled in dance and music.” In addition to increasing awareness to appreciation of dance derived from Africa, ALIMA seeks to spread understanding of a lifestyle based on holistic development of the body, mind, and spirit. ALIMA’s vision is to establish an international academy for the teaching of African dance, leadership, communication, and holistic development. 

What research projects, internships, experiential learning, and/or study abroad programs did you participate in at URI?
For my last year and a half, I have worked in the Commuter Affairs Office with my then advisor Joe Berardi (Director of Community Standards & Conduct). We worked closely to determine the effectiveness of our Commuter Affairs database as well as our Brightspace Course. This was the perfect opportunity for me to use outside experience to gain more experience in Data Science. Working in this office enhanced both my office etiquette and skill as well as skills I need to be successful in my field.

What do you value about your liberal arts education?
I love that liberal arts studies and the knowledge I’ve gained from different classes has allowed me to be able to weigh ethical responsibilities as important as professional ones.

What have been some highlights of your time in the Data Science department?Honestly all of my time here has been a highlight. I switched my major during my sophomore year and knew nothing about Data Science. Although surprising at first, the rigor of the courses will always stick with me because they were challenging, but I know what I learned will always be useful. Also, the administration in the Data Science department are one of a kind. They are so helpful, and I felt like they always wanted to see me succeed – especially Dr. Eaton. It has been great working and studying in this department.

What’s next for you after graduation?
I plan on getting my MBA specializing in Data Analytics. I also want to gain some work experience in the Data Science field while I do so.