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Sivhaun Sera

Computer Science

Hometown: Clarkston, MI
Majors: Computer Science and Biology
Best Adjective to Describe You: Inquisitive

In 20 words or less, what is the best thing about being part of this department?
We have fun outings called “CS hikes” that last year included bowling and going to see Hidden Figures. This year I’m hoping for roller blading, but we’ll see!

What is your advice to first years and sophomores about getting connected to this department?
Just take a class, join our email distribution list, and come to our “hikes” even if just to meet the professors and other students! (No hiking is actually done.)

What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
Just ask for what you want! Whether it be help from a professor, a new opportunity you’re interested in trying, or just curiosity, you would be amazed how many doors open when you just start reaching out.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
It’s probably no surprise but COMP 110: Intro to Programing was absolutely my favorite.  Learning to program was so rewarding and fun, there is nothing like seeing your program finally work after all your hard work! I also had no previous programing or CS experience before coming to K so don’t be afraid to give it a try!

How have you taken advantage of the open curriculum or experienced breadth in your education?
I took Organic Chemistry II, and I HATED it. Now, that’s not a bad thing, in fact it was great to know! Sometimes it’s just as important to know what you definitely 100 percent don’t want to do ever again, as it is to know what you do want to do.  You don’t want to live your whole life wondering what-if, so explore! For the record, I also took my first CS class on a whim of exploration and ended up with a second major.

What experiential education opportunities have you participated in?
I’m very active on campus, I’m a Presidents’ Student Ambassador, Computer Science TA, I have hosted prospective students on campus through HIVE, and participate in Sisters in Science and Girls Who Code, organizations which promote interest in science in young women.

What is your SIP?
I’m doing an experiential SIP on my summer internship at Quicken Loans in Detroit. I worked in technology there on the continuous integration, build, and release pipeline of our software. My SIP will focus on the DevOps movement there and the future of large scale software deployments.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I hope to begin a career in technology right after K, and go to graduate school in 3 years.

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