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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT – Crystal McFarlane

Crystal McFarlane
Name: Crystal McFarlane

High School Attended: MVHS

Year of High School Graduation: 2018

Name of College(s) and Degrees Held: Rochester Institute of Technology, Computer Engineering Technology, B.S.

Year of College Graduation: Spring 2023

Current Job Title, if applicable: Intern at BOSE


Describe what you are doing now (college/work)
I am currently in my third year of college at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). This semester, I am interning at BOSE as an iOS and MacOS Software Engineer in the company’s Software Engineering department. 

What are your hopes for the future?
I know that I want to build and program computers. I would love it if I was offered a full-time position at BOSE, where I am interning now, but there are other innovative companies that I’d be interested in working at, including Texas Instruments, General Electric (GE), and IBM.

What message would you like to give to current MVCSD students?
Where you start does not define where you end up. Always have hope for the future because you never know where you might go.

Was there a class or club that influenced your career path?
I took a CISCO networking class my junior and senior years of high school, and those courses introduced me to the tech lingo I’m familiar with now in computer engineering courses. Also, my junior year, an employee from IBM visited Mount Vernon High School and gave me and a few other students the opportunity to build a computer. That experience really solidified my passion for computer engineering.