Miguel R. Anderson, B.S. 2017

Senior Software Engineer at Bloomberg LP – New York, NY

2017 Major: Physics

How has being a Physics graduate from Duke helped shape you personally and/or professionally?

"Companies look for the problem solving skills and complex systems comprehension that physics requires. Personally assume intelligence just from the major name alone. I enjoy having baseline knowledge especially when it comes to astrophysics to understand current events."

What advice would you give students in Duke's Physics programs? 

"Think about research and tour masters/PhD programs early so you can decide 2nd/3rd year if you actually want to follow the formal physics path or move I to something else. I made a pivot senior year (which a lot of seniors do), I got lucky but more time to explore other paths would have been nice. Also, don't sacrifice study abroad. It's a great experience that can totally been done in the physics major. The cost was not taking a semester off from physics classes and not getting a 2nd major or 2nd minor. It was worth it."

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