Born and Raised: Why I Decided to Stay in New Hampshire

My name is Tiffany and I was born and raised in New Hampshire. I grew up in a small town called Chesterfield and went to Keene High School in Keene. In 2013, I graduated Salutatorian of my class and started my college career at the University of New Hampshire (UNH).

Author, Tiffany

After four very busy years, I graduated with my B.S. in Computer Science. Recently, I started a position with Fidelity Investments as an Associate Software Engineer in Merrimack. A lot of people ask me why I have stuck with New Hampshire. I could do anything – work in Silicon Valley or Seattle, or just simply move somewhere with less snow and warmer weather. So why do I stay in New Hampshire? Well, let me tell you my story…

When considering college, I had many opportunities open to me. Having taken several programming classes and a summer course in Artificial Intelligence through the Advanced Studies Program at St. Paul’s School, I was very interested in a Computer Science degree or something technology related. I was accepted into seven colleges and my top two were UNH and WPI. WPI is a great engineering school and they had a really interesting program, but UNH offered me a competitive financial aid package and had a fairly competitive CS program itself. In the end, I chose UNH and I am so happy that I did.

Tiffany and fellow graduating UNH CS students

During my four years at UNH, I had the opportunity to be involved in several student organizations such as the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the Student Technology Liaison Program, and to co-found the Wildcat Women in Computer Science (WWiCS). Yes, UNH may be a public school and not an ivy league, but it still gave me to the tools to be competitive in the Computer Industry and the opportunities to improve my leadership and organization skills. I am grateful for the amazing professors and mentors I had, and am proud to call myself a Wildcat.

At one of UNH’s huge career fairs, I stopped by a booth looking for an internship, and that was how I was introduced to Fidelity. I had friends who had interned there in the past, and I knew they hired a lot of UNH students.

I got an internship in Merrimack the summer after my junior year and had a very positive experience. My manager and team were extremely supportive and willing to take the time to teach me and share their experiences with me. I started my internship unsure of what direction I wanted to go with my career and ended it with a much better idea of where I wanted to go.

Tiffany and other Leap Associates after first day of Leap

As an intern, I was given the opportunity to apply for the Fidelity Leap program, a training program specifically geared towards young technologists fresh out of school. I applied and was offered a position in the Merrimack office. Each Leap class begins with five months of training in Fidelity’s Raleigh, NC, office, before each class member returns to his or her assigned office. This training program is a great way for us to receive beneficial training to be more successful in our Fidelity careers and to meet other recent grads in our field from across the country.

I am currently in the midst of training and have been asked by many of my friends and other peers if I have changed my mind about staying in New Hampshire. So far, my answer has been no. I was born and raised in this state and my whole family has lived here for generations. New Hampshire is a great place to start my career, and so far my experience with Fidelity has been a positive one. It is an amazing company that really cares about their customers, associates, and our community.

Tiffany Winn is a New Hampshire native. She was born and raised in Chesterfield where she attended Keene High School. In 2017, she graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. in Computer Science. Tiffany now works at Fidelity Investments as an Associate Software Engineer and will be graduating from their Leap program for new technologists in November. In her free time, Tiffany loves reading, baking, and spending time with family and friends.

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