Major: English: Literature
Minor: Computer Science and Art
Residence: Plainfield, Ind.
What are you doing now?
I am a Support Engineer for Scale Computing. I am also working on technical documentation for them. I am working on self-publishing a series of fantasy/paranormal romance books.
What experiences did you appreciate most in the SJC CS Department?
The different labs both Prof. Capouch and Prof. Coy held were some of my favorite experiences. The Software Engineering class probably prepared me the best for the real world.
The labs were a fun way to figure out if you really "got" it. Classes were one thing, talking about networking or how to program. The labs were really where you got to test your understanding. It either worked, or it didn't! Then you had tochange the whole way you looked at a problem.
How did Core integrate with your major?
Core integrated perfectly with my major. It was a place where we learned how to discuss and debate. It really opened your mind to thinking of the world in a multitude of different ways, which is great not only when writing, but also when programming or tackling a problem. There isn't always one perfect answer, and sometimes there may never be an answer or there may be hundreds of answers. Many times, it's all about how you learn to look at a problem--from all of the different viewpoints.
What advice would you give to a prospective student looking to major in CS at SJC?
Do it! Computer science is a great industry with a growing job market. Not only that, but it's just plain fun to work with a bunch of geeks! Where else are cat memes, YouTube videos, and Reddit a daily occurrence at work? And they're usually all applicable to some issue! I'll admit, figuring out computers is not always easy, but working through even the toughest assignments is worth it in the end!
How were both Prof. Coy and Prof. Capouch helpful to you?
Prof. Capouch was the one who really pushed for me to get into the program. He went out of his way and allowed me special approval to take a few classes out of order since I picked up the minor my junior year. With his push, I was able to complete the minor in time for graduation senior year, and he was always happy to help out and assist whenever I had problems.
Prof. Coy is an awesome teacher. She and Prof. Capouch are like night and day in teaching style, but I really think that that helps to round out the program. Where Prof. Capouch is a mass of random knowledge and experience, whose thoughts cover a broad range of industry knowledge, Prof. Coy is an organized folder of facts with a series of classes where the foundation of understanding can be built. In particular, Prof. Coy is great for making one-on-one time to answer questions and troubleshoot code. She's always available to help out and explain anything that may have been difficult in class.
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