We're racing toward the end of the semester in the School of Computer Science, and now seemed like an opportune time to catch up with a few first-year students. We asked them what kinds of expectations they had coming into SCS, and how their experiences on campus this semester compared to those expectations. Here are their answers, in their own words.
"I decided to come to CMU because I wanted to experience four seasons. I'm from Hawaii and it's summer year-round there. On top of being able to experience something new, I got to be in one of the top CS programs in the nation, with an opportunity to golf around my level of play and experience being a part of a team. I wasn't too nervous about coming here, but I knew it was going to be a lot more challenging than high school, especially balancing golf and computer science at the same time. The nature of the program definitely pushed me to manage my time better.
"My experience so far has been great. I'm getting to try new things and this semester has been a whole bunch of firsts for me. I really want to get more into research and continue it throughout my time here. There was a graph theory problem I was working on before I came here that I couldn't figure out, and I met Professor John Mackey (teaching professor of mathematics), who did his Ph.D. thesis on something similar. I definitely want to develop a close relationship with the SCS faculty and learn about their interests, and get a wide exposure to different areas of CS."