Claire Liu smiles

Major: Computer science, minor in mathematics

Co-curriculars: Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), Women in Computing, CS Department TA, Marquis Scholars and Fellows, EXCEL Research Scholar, Hanson Center of Inclusive STEM Education peer mentor

Post-graduation plans: Software engineer at Momentive in San Mateo, Calif.

What’s the most important thing you learned at Lafayette?

At Lafayette I learned how the relationships we build with the people around us are our most precious possessions. My friends, classmates, and professors really defined my time at Lafayette. They taught me how each one of us has the power to shape the experiences of those around us, so we must use our power to lift others up. I’m extremely grateful to the fantastic professors in the Computer Science Department for their dedication to teaching, the amazing people on the ACM board for their positive and hardworking spirits, and the lovely members of Women in Computing (and our wonderful WINC allies) for their constant support.

What one lesson or memory from Lafayette will remain with you for the rest of your life?

I’ll always remember this past semester, which was definitely my favorite at Lafayette. I loved living my daily life with my friends. Getting dinner, going on walks, and doing homework together (and going on boba runs and playing card games instead!) were simple, yet treasured moments.

What advice would you give to high school students who are considering Lafayette?

Keep an open mind, prioritize learning over grades, and really maximize the opportunity that you have to study at Lafayette!

Student Spotlight

Meet the 2023 valedictorians

Congratulations to these 15 academic stars, who are poised to take on the world and make a difference across a gamut of professional fields.

Read more
Categorized in: Academic News, Class of 2023, Commencement 2023, Computer Science, Mathematics, News and Features, Student Profiles, Students