Building a web­site for her high school’s chapter of Key Club Inter­na­tional sold incoming freshman Kaila Cor­rington on studying com­puter sci­ence at North­eastern University.

I didn’t have any expe­ri­ence writing code for a web­site,” Cor­rington recalls, noting her love of math, logic and the pur­suit of defin­i­tive answers, “but watching a string of char­ac­ters come to life con­vinced me.”

Cor­rington, who will enroll this fall in the Col­lege of Com­puter and Infor­ma­tion Sci­ence, has been accepted into the inau­gural class of the Uni­ver­sity Scholars Pro­gram. The full-​​tuition pro­gram sup­ports highly accom­plished future thought leaders, inno­va­tors and entre­pre­neurs who have excelled both in and out of the classroom.

Corrington’s laundry list of accom­plish­ments makes her an ideal fit for the pro­gram. She honed her lead­er­ship skills, for example, by serving as pres­i­dent of her high school’s chapter of Key Club and editor-​​in-​​chief of its year­book. As a freshman, sopho­more and junior, she demon­strated her love of learning by pro­ducing 10-​​minute doc­u­men­taries on Albert Ein­stein, the Cuban Mis­sile Crisis and the double-​​helical struc­ture of DNA, all of which reached statewide competition.

[media-​​credit id=18 align=“alignleft” width=“226”][/media-credit]A National Merit Scholar who fin­ished at the top of her class in eight dif­ferent courses, Cor­rington pro­claims that the trick to bal­ancing course­work with extracur­ric­ular activ­i­ties is time man­age­ment. As she puts it, “If you let your­self fall behind on things, you won’t be able to bal­ance anything.”

The Upland, Calif., native, looks for­ward to working with her fellow Uni­ver­sity Scholars, many of whom grew up out­side of the United States, in coun­tries such as India, Bolivia and Japan. Stu­dents in the accom­plished group have recorded albums, cre­ated iPhone appli­ca­tions and raised money for orphaned chil­dren in Africa.

I’m going to be sur­rounded by a great group of stu­dents at North­eastern,” Cor­rington explains. “It’s going to be fun to work with new people in an exciting environment.”

Cor­rington expressed interest in trying out for Northeastern’s intra­mural soft­ball team, for which she would like to play third base or center field, and joining the University’s chapter of Circle K, Key Club’s col­le­giate version.

Her long-​​term career plans include cre­ating mobile appli­ca­tions for smart­phones and building web­sites for non­profit orga­ni­za­tions.  Par­tic­i­pating in Northeastern’s flag­ship experiential-​​learning pro­gram, she says, would help her reach her goals.

I’m inter­ested in doing a Dia­logue of Civ­i­liza­tions pro­gram and studying abroad in Europe,” Cor­rington says. “I might want to go to Italy, because of its his­tory, but I am sure I will be immersed in the cul­ture and have an amazing expe­ri­ence no matter where I go.”