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Karena Blue

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Hi! I'm thrilled to introduce myself as Karena Blue, a recent graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Roosevelt University. With a passion for leveraging data to drive insights and innovation, I'm excited to announce my next step: pursuing a Master's degree in Data Science at DePaul University. As an African American, education is more than personal growth for me; it's a tribute to my heritage and a means to uplift my family and community. Throughout my undergraduate journey, I've navigated financial challenges with determination, never losing sight of my goal to excel in Computer Science. I've tackled real-world problems, developed innovative applications, and contributed to cutting-edge research projects. Actively seeking out resources such as scholarships has been crucial in fueling my pursuit of knowledge and excellence. My aspiration extends beyond personal success; I aim to become a leader who inspires others, especially underrepresented minorities, to pursue careers in technology. Roosevelt University has equipped me with the skills and mindset needed to make a significant impact in the tech industry. I envision a future where innovation and diversity are intertwined, driving positive change. As I embark on this new chapter, I am not only fulfilling my dreams but also honoring the aspirations of those who came before me. Your support would be invaluable in helping me pave the way for a future where diversity and innovation flourish. Thank you for considering and supporting me on this journey.

Education

DePaul University

Master's degree program
2024 - 2024
  • Majors:
    • Data Science

Roosevelt University

Bachelor's degree program
2022 - 2023
  • Majors:
    • Computer Science
  • GPA:
    3

Moraine Valley Community College

Associate's degree program
2021 - 2022
  • Majors:
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
  • GPA:
    2.3

Golder Coll Prep-Cmps Of Noble

High School
2014 - 2018
  • GPA:
    3.2

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Master's degree program

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Computer Science
    • Computational Science
    • Computer and Information Sciences, General
    • Data Science
    • Data Analytics
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Information Technology and Services

    • Dream career goals:

      Company Founder

    • Career Development Assistant

      Roosevelt University
      2023 – Present1 year
    • Data Analytics Intern

      CareerVillage.org
      2023 – 2023

    Sports

    Badminton

    Varsity
    2018 – 20191 year

    Rugby

    Club
    2015 – 20205 years

    Arts

    • HHC Primo

      Dance
      2019 – 2020

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      The Anti-Cruelty Society — Volunteer
      2017 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Food & Hygiene Pantry — Volunteer
      2024 – Present

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Philanthropy

    Entrepreneurship

    Strong Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship
    What Makes Me a Leader: Unleashing the Power Within Leadership is not merely a title or a position; it is a mindset, a set of qualities, and a commitment to making a positive impact. Throughout my journey, I have realized that what makes me a leader extends beyond my roles and responsibilities. It lies in my core values, ability to inspire others, and unwavering dedication to driving change. Today, I share the essence of what makes me a leader. First and foremost, my leadership is rooted in empathy and compassion. I believe in the power of understanding and connecting with others deeply. By actively listening and seeking to comprehend diverse perspectives, I foster an environment of inclusivity and respect. This allows me to build meaningful relationships and inspire trust among team members. I strive to create a safe space where everyone's voices are heard, valued, and considered in decision-making. Additionally, my leadership is characterized by a strong sense of integrity and ethical responsibility. I firmly believe in doing what is right, even when faced with challenges or adversity. I lead by example, adhering to a set of moral principles that guide my actions and decisions. I establish a foundation of trust and credibility by maintaining transparency and consistency. Authentic leadership requires accountability and a commitment to upholding the highest standards of integrity. Furthermore, I possess a natural inclination toward collaboration and teamwork. I recognize that collective efforts yield more significant results than individual endeavors. I actively seek diverse perspectives and encourage collaboration across different backgrounds, cultures, and disciplines. By fostering an environment of shared ownership and mutual respect, I create a space where everyone feels valued and motivated to contribute their unique skills and expertise. Moreover, my leadership is characterized by a strong sense of resilience and adaptability. I understand that change is inevitable, and as a leader, I embrace it as an opportunity for growth and innovation. I am unafraid to take calculated risks and step out of my comfort zone. In facing challenges, I remain steadfast, seeking creative solutions and inspiring others to overcome obstacles. True leaders can adapt to change, learn from setbacks, and inspire others to do the same. Lastly, my leadership is driven by a deep passion for positively impacting. I am fueled by a genuine desire to contribute to society's betterment and empower others to reach their full potential. I am constantly seeking opportunities to serve and give back to my community. Whether it is through organizing community service initiatives or advocating for social justice, I am dedicated to leveraging my skills and resources to drive meaningful change. In conclusion, what makes me a leader extends beyond titles and positions. It lies in my empathetic approach, unwavering integrity, collaborative spirit, resilience, and passion for making a positive impact. Leadership is a lifelong journey of self-discovery, growth, and learning. I am committed to continuously honing my leadership skills, embracing new challenges, and inspiring others to unleash their potential. As a leader, I am driven by a vision of a better future and am dedicated to creating a world where everyone can thrive and make a difference.