Hometown: Hebron, IN
High School: Hebron High School
Majors: Computer Science and Mathematics
Job After Graduation: Starts in June 2014 as a software engineer in IBM's Mobile Applications Lab
Clubs and Activities: Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track, Alpha Lambda Delta, Delta Epsilon Sigma
I chose SJC because of the smaller class sizes. I went to a small high school and wanted to continue to have that close knit classroom experience. I was also recruited to run cross country and track, which helped me make my final decision.
Overall, I really enjoyed SJC. I liked the classes I took and feel like they have helped me build a solid base in the Computer Science field. I really enjoyed the hands-on projects we were required to do, and many employers were impressed with the kinds of projects we did. These projects helped me learn all areas of developing software programs, from beginning to completion. They also taught me the importance of time management skills and delegating tasks to be able to complete them on time.
Personal Attention from Faculty
My professors were always willing to answer any of my questions. Associate Professor of Physics and Computer Science Jennifer Coy, Ph.D. was always available, whether it was during her office hours or via email later in the evenings. Whether your question required a quick explanation or more in depth answer, she was always available and more than happy to help. I felt like she always made everyone feel comfortable and truly cared about the success of each and every one of her students.
Assistant Professor of Computer Science Brian Capouch was very helpful in getting the Computer Science program into doing more mobile development classes which will definitely help the future students. He was also very helpful via email and would always get back to you as soon as possible.
The Core Program
I think the Core Program has really helped shape who I am today. Throughout high school, you are taught factual information and not asked to explain how you feel about it. With the Core Program, you are better able to expand your horizons and really learn who you are. It challenges students to open their minds to analyze how they feel about a topic and why they feel that way. Going into the “real” world after college, I feel like the Core Program has helped me realize who I am and what kind of person I want to be in the future. It teaches you responsibility for your actions and to be able to properly express your point of view, without attacking a person’s viewpoints that may not match your own.
It helped me to realize that everyone’s worldview is not the same as mine and that it is ok to not agree with everyone 100 percent of the time. It opened my eyes to seeing the world in different lights and to see that others’ ideas can also be considered accurate. After graduation, I believe the Core Program will help me because it has helped me solidify who I am and how I feel about certain situations. College is about finding yourself, and the Core Program helps students achieve this. College is the first time students are usually alone and solely responsible for themselves. The Core Program helps instill Christian values at this very formative part of students’ lives that helps shape students into responsible adults.
I did the Summer of Networking Internship last summer (2013) at Indiana University in Bloomington. I worked with other interns at the University’s data center setting up a General Parallel File System (GPFS). We also had various seminars by IU faculty learning about various networking techniques. It was a once in a life time opportunity and a great way to learn about networking hands-on.
Advice to Students
Get as much hands on experience as possible. It’s very important to have at least one internship while in college, if not more. Computer Science is very large field and has many different areas that you can go in to. It’s important to get internships while in school so you can explore the different areas and find out which one you want to go into after graduation.
Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.
Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.
The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.
You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.
Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.