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What IS data? Is it thousands of rows in an Excel sheet? Or is it a conversation with a neighbor over coffee? And how do we use it? This summer, all four of us had very different roles: Winfred interned with an organization for community development, Mia worked with American students in Italy, and Kara and Nora served across business sectors at consulting firms. But our experiences are more similar than they first appear. We didn’t move blindly and act impulsively: we carefully collected data, collated and analyzed it, and then took action. We used data to build a community impact center, create bespoke summer experiences, and to bolster business operations. And we used data to do our jobs better, too. We learned how to communicate with different audiences, how to gauge career expectations, and how to excel at our work, now and in the future.


  • Dovan Rai, Visiting Lecturer in Computer Science


  • Kara Buenaflor '25, Economics and Architectural Studies double major
  • Nora He '25, Psychology major, Entrepreneurship, Organizations, and Society minor, Nexus in Data Analytics and Society
  • Mia Kerchen '24, Computer Science major, Italian minor
  • Winfred Mulwa '25, Data Science major

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  • Natsumi Kiso
  • Kate Koenig
  • Xingcen (Lucy) Liu
  • Jialu Jiang

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