Hometown: Richland, MI
Majors: Computer Science and Chemistry
Study Abroad: Perth, Australia
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Mint Chip
Best Adjective to Describe You: Efficient
In 10 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
Computer Science is one of the fastest growing fields.
What initially drew you to this department? What keeps you coming back?
I had done some computer science in high school and really enjoyed it. (I even took some classes here at K as a dual enrollment student). I keep returning because there are constantly new and interesting projects and solutions to find.
What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
Be patient. There will be frustrating times, but use the resources available to you; the TAs and Profs are really helpful.
How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
Computers are used throughout our daily lives. Taking even introductory computer science courses provides insights into how they do everything that we use. With experience, I have been able to write programs that help me in daily life.
What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
Learning how to effectively work in groups. This is particularly useful for CS because there are very few individual projects.
What has been your favorite class at K? Why?
I enjoy the Special Topics classes that the CS department holds, such as the Mobile Apps course. These courses provide a look at interesting aspects of computer science that are not covered in depth in the core curriculum.
What is your SIP?
My SIP is in the Chemistry department, running computer simulations of proteins. I am investigating how individual amino acid changes affect the flexibility and activity of the protein.
What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I intend to go to graduate school in a program that allows me to combine my two majors, chemistry and computer science.