BS in Computer Science and Engineering
Why did you choose to major in Computer Science?
I applied to colleges with a complete lack of any idea as to what I wanted to do with my life, but I've always been better with math and science than other subjects. I assumed my future would have something to do with one of those, so I decided that engineering would be a good choice.
Once arriving at Bucknell and taking the Introduction to Engineering course, I realized that Computer Science was exactly what I wanted. I had never thought about how I had always been surrounded by computers, or that my family seemed to enjoy working with them. (My dad is an electrical engineer and was always taking them apart, and both my brothers now work with computers.)
What have your experiences been with computer science at Bucknell?
I feel really lucky to be attending a school where there is such a focus on undergraduate students. Every class I have taken, especially in the computer science department, has been taught by amazing professors. When applying to schools I never really considered the quality of the professors, however I definitely should have. The dedication all my CS professors have towards teaching and helping students is really what makes Bucknell a fantastic place to get an education. I have spent many office hours with professors trying to learn material and yet, no matter how often I show up confused, they are always understanding and unbelievably helpful.
Why did you choose Bucknell?
I chose Bucknell after visiting the campus. I didn't expect such a rural campus to appeal to me, but the moment I stepped foot on campus my decision was made. In hindsight, I really should have focused more on issues regarding my education when considering all of the schools I applied to. It's not just rankings and test scores that matter, but classes, degree programs, and professors. However, I made an amazing decision and am incredibly lucky that Bucknell makes it easy to get a challenging and rewarding education.
What are your plans for the future?
I wish that I had distinct career goals for the future, however now I'm just enjoying my education. I have confidence that my Computer Science and Engineering background from Bucknell will open many doors (it already has). I participated this past summer in a program at Bucknell called the Institute for Leadership in Technology and Management (ILTM). This summer program was sort of a combination between an internship and research; engineering majors and management majors got together and performed intensive projects for real companies. It really made me want to work in an area combining technology and management, but who knows. I just know that computer science and engineering was really the right major for me.