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Fiona’s Journey into Technology and Enterprise

How Fiona Chow used early involvement to create opportunities and a path to project management and teamwork in technology and business. 

Fiona Chow attending the SASE National Conference


When she graduated from Burnsville High School (BHS) in 2018, Fiona Chow already had a lot going for her. She had a foundation in the basics of coding, website development, and mobile app design, some awards from the National Center for Women in IT (NCWIT), and starting an internship at a major corporation before entering college at Michigan Technological University (MTU). 

During her sophomore year at BHS, Fiona furthered her interest in technology by taking a mobile computer science programming course, which gave her a foundation in basic coding and mobile app development. Next, she wanted to pursue her interest in engineering and further her skills of collaborating with others. The following year, she changed her focus to the Engineering Pathway and began to fuel a combination of interests that would lead to her next steps. 

“I took some Project Lead The Way courses at BHS that allowed me to work with a team on a project throughout the year (Augmented Reality Sandbox for William Byrne STEM Elementary) and that experience really led to a lot of opportunities for me,” said Fiona.

After graduation, she started a summer internship at Land O’Lakes through NCWIT in Minnesota where she gained knowledge on how the corporate world works. “Interning was somewhat overwhelming because I was young compared to most other interns and my co-workers,” said Fiona. “It was my first real experience in a corporate office environment and I felt like I didn’t have a ton of knowledge or experience to bring, so I was focused on trying to absorb and learn as much as I could.”

Fiona was accepted to Michigan Technological University (MTU) and initially majored in Software Engineering before changing her major to Management Information Systems (MIS) with a minor in Enterprise. During her first year at college, Fiona found a sense of community within her residential hall, bringing her out of her shell and getting her involved in several extracurricular activities.

She graduated from Michigan Technological University in December 2022 and will be starting a full-time business analyst role in February 2023 with her former internship employer, Land O’Lakes. In June 2023, she will start in the Land O’Lakes Talent Acquisition Program (TAP), which is a two-year rotational development program. She hopes to someday be in a fully remote work environment to be able to travel the country while working in project management or data analytics. As she thinks about other students who may be exploring their path, she has some advice to help them find their path and pursue it. 

“If you have an interest in something you should just go for it. Reach out to people who have gone through those pathways or are in those industries to get a feel for it. It’s ok to try something and find that it’s not for you–don’t be afraid to try something new! Your path is never set in stone.”

Fiona Chow

September 2009

 Fiona enrolls at William Byrne Elementary to try their new STEM Magnet Program.

September 2012

Started attending Metcalf Junior High and joined their STEM curriculum.

2016

A mobile computer science programming course during sophomore year awakened an interest in computer science and technology.

Fiona Chow smiling in a computer lab

2017

Interested in engineering, she joined the Engineering Pathway.

2018

Fiona spent her senior year working with a team on an Augmented Reality Sandbox Project for William Byrne STEM Elementary as part of her Engineering Design and Development Class.

Fiona chow and two teammates brainstorming in front of a whiteboard about an Augmented Reality Sandbox

August 2018

Started college at Michigan Technological University.

December 2022

Graduated from MTU.

February 2023

Fiona starts as a full-time business analyst role at Land O’Lakes.

Fiona Chow at Land O'Lakes headquarters for her internship