Introduction: Sean McWilliams

Hi everyone! My name is Sean McWilliams, and I am a rising Senior in A&S double majoring in Computer Science and Economics. I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area with my twin brother and younger brother and sister. I played a lot of sports growing up but my biggest love was Rugby which I played from 6th grade through my Freshman year at BC when an injury unfortunately forced me to stop playing. Luckily, I spent this past semester studying in Galway, Ireland where I was able to rekindle my love for Rugby as well as discover a new fascination with Gaelic Football. I can’t recommend studying abroad enough, it was an amazing opportunity and the city of Galway was the perfect place to do it. If anyone is on the fence about studying abroad, please reach out and I’ll be happy to convince you!

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Growing up in the Bay Area really gave me an early appreciation for the tech industry. After taking my first computer science class in high school, I was hooked and knew I wanted to pursue a career in technology. The summer after high school I worked as a Door Dash driver and would sit in the parking lots of large tech companies hoping to be able to deliver an employee’s lunch as my ticket in the door. When I got to BC and heard about Tech Trek, it was exactly what I had been looking for without realizing it. While my self-guided summer tours were a lot of fun, they were nothing compared to what Tech Trek offered. The ability to get personalized tours from alumni that knew what it was like to transition from being a BC student to an employee at these companies is something that I think is very unique to BC. My Freshman and Sophomore years I went on just about every Boston Tech Trek trip I could fit into my schedule. My Sophomore year I also got the chance to go on the NYC Tech Trek trip over Easter break. While this trip was amazing, it was only for one day and afterwards, I knew I had to take the full class.

During my time at BC, I have worked as a TA in the Computer Science department and have helped out on the technical side of several BC startups including this year’s Shea Center Venture Competition winner Aryeo, the ever exciting VenU, and BC GET (back when it was still KartBC). The past two summers I’ve moved on from my Door Dash days and have interned with General Electric’s Digital division – first as a Software Engineer last summer and this summer as a Technical Product Manager.

Class Expectations:

I’m really looking forward to the Tech Trek East class and the opportunity to examine some of the biggest influencers in the tech industry on a deeper, intellectual level through our many case studies. I think what makes this class even more exciting than other Tech Trek visits is that when it comes time to visit the companies, we will have already had the time to discuss them at length in class which will lead to much more interesting conversations with employees. As a Senior, I’m also trying to figure out what kind of company I’d like to work for after graduation, and Tech Trek is the perfect time to compare big companies to startups and even to other parts of the tech industry such as venture capital.

I can’t wait to meet all of you and I look forward to our amazing trip together!

6 thoughts on “Introduction: Sean McWilliams

  1. Sean I can completely relate to growing up in Silicon Valley and that having an influence on your pursuit of technology. I think thats really cool that you mentioned that, and ever since your first comp-sci class you have wanted to get into technology. That’s sweet.

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  2. Hey Sean,

    I also worked for Door Dash a couple summers ago! I am very happy that I have moved on from it, however. That is awesome that you have been a part of so many different start-ups at BC. It is definitely something I want to get involved in, so hopefully we will be able to connect and discuss your experiences with start-ups in class this semester. Thank you for sharing. I think it will be very interesting to have your Silicon Valley and tech/engineer background insight for discussions in this semesters class!

    Best,
    Nick

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    • Hi Nick,

      Thanks for your reply! The best advice I can give you for start-ups at BC is if you hear about a project that interests you, seek out the people working on it and find out how you can help. People can almost always use an extra hand and worst case you’re on their radar for when they do need more people later on.

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  3. Hey Sean,

    I’m from Ireland myself, so I’m glad to hear that you had a positive experience in Galway. It’s always good to have another rugby man in the class, but if Gaelic Football is your new obsession then we definitely have to talk. Not many people know, but we have a team at BC — and we could definitely do with a few new members!

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    • Hey Aidan,

      One of the guys I was in Galway with was trying to sell me on BC’s Gaelic team all semester! I’m not in the same shape I was a few years ago but I think I may have to check you guys out. I look forward to chatting in class!

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  4. Great post, Sean! With all your incredible experiences with BC startups, I’m sure you will bring lots of insight to the table. There will definitely be tons of incredible discussions both in class and on the trip. I look forward to it!

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