Liberal arts teaching Transylvania sophomore about technology, people who use it

Q&A with Transylvania University student Nyah Mattison ’22, a double major in computer science and digital arts and media, who explains her path and how the Transy community supports her work

Why did you choose this combination of majors?

I chose to focus on these paths because I believe that STEM fields cannot exist without an understanding of humanities also. I wanted to be able to build programs and write code that will better the lives of other people, and be able to connect with them through multimedia. I think both of my majors serve me well in engendering a good understanding of not only the technology that powers our world, but also the people who help make that possible. 

Why is a Transy education important to you?  

It is important to me to get an education at Transy because I am constantly surrounded by people who have the potential to change the world. A liberal arts education instills a sense of compassion and understanding about all sectors of the workforce, not just the one you end up going into. The connections that I make here I know will serve me well both now, as I study with my peers, and in the future.

How does having a William T. Young Scholarship help you learn and grow as a scholar and as a person?

I feel so grateful and humbled to be a William T. Young scholar. This scholarship allows me the freedom to study uninhibited.

Through the generosity of Transy donors, I have gained the ability to see myself as a scholar and leader on Transylvania’s campus. Without the stress of student loans and other debt, I am able to give 100 percent to my academic pursuits and to take on opportunities like unpaid internships that I otherwise wouldn’t be able to take advantage of.

I am grateful to be a part of such a close-knit community of dedicated life-long learners who understand and appreciate the importance of a liberal arts education as much as I do.

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