Alumnus Paige Miller graduated in 2011 and went to the University of Oklahoma. While in high school Miller participated in Band, Winterguard, UIL Academics and NHS.
What have you done after high school?
“I attended the University of Oklahoma where I got my Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics, with Honors,” Miller said. “After graduation I got married to my high school sweetheart. Marcus Miller – my maiden name was Paige Riley. I also started work full time as a software developer at PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) in Dallas. I write software that calculates tax depreciation amounts for large corporations, which sounds really boring, but it’s not.”
What made you want to do what you are doing now?
“I originally planned on majoring in Aerospace Engineering on a whim, but changed my major to Meteorology after deciding I didn’t really care much about airplanes and how they’re built,” Miller said. “While as a meteorology major I had to take a class called, ‘Programming for Non-Majors,’ and I really fell in love with coding and making computers do what I told them. After that I switched my major again (third time’s the charm) and finished out my degree.”
What did you learn or experience in high school affect you in college and beyond?
“The biggest thing that I carried with me from high school into college was the importance of getting involved,” Miller said. “Entering college is a huge transition – especially going to a university away from home – and you need to be able to make friends to really get attached to campus and make the most of your college years. Getting into a club/activity from the start will automatically get you in contact with people who have similar interests and start that process early. And there are clubs for everything. I joined the band at OU and made some of the best friends I’ve ever had. Without that I would have had a hard time my first semester especially.”
Explain your job now
“I am a software developer for an accounting firm,” Miller said. “I develop software that calculates the tax depreciation deduction for large corporations. On a day to day basis, I am involved in implementing new clients in the system, writing import logic code, and fixing bugs for this application. I also maintain 4 different legacy applications and delegate new features to junior developers.”
What are your plans for the future?
“I don’t have any crazy plans for the future,” Miller said. “I’m up for promotion this year to a senior development role. Long term I plan to be a project manager and maybe have some kids someday.”
What is your advice to current high schoolers?
“You don’t have to have your life figured out 100%, but it’s important to find something you love to do,” Miller said. “I changed my major 3 times before finding something I could actually see myself doing, and I still question if this is what I want to be doing the rest of my life. It’s totally normal to feel that way.”