I was wondering, where did we all go to college [if applicable], and what degrees did you end up with? Change your path a lot? And for that matter, anyone do EE and CS? That's what I want to do for the sake of covering 'both sides', hardware and software. :) Hardware first!
And y'know if ya didn't go to college, and are in the industry, how did you get there? Thanks.
i thought you went to caltech, da. or maybe i'm hallucinating words again... :(
i haven't gone to college yet, but i hope to someday. i'm currently looking at wpi (worcester polytech) and maybe rpi (renseler polytech). i've already checked out amherst, bu, bc, and umass.
to anyone answering da's question, what colleges would you suggest for computer science?
I am still at university doing a degree in IS.
currently in college in the attempt of earning a degree in CIS, although I will have to be able to survive 3 terms of Java before I can even think about getting a degree.
DeVry Institute - Electronic Technician
TESC - AAS Electronic Engineering Technology
NJIT - BSEE, hopefully I'll start this sept
got into programming at DeVry, assembly and C and loved it ever since.
I'm looking at Stanford, Harvey Mudd, and Rice right now. Somewhere sunny. Near a beach.
However, I'm thinking I'll take a year off and maybe work on an archaeological dig in Greece or something. The year between high school and college is probably the only chance I'll ever have to not worry about money, family, etc. I think that a lot of American kids just go to college at 18 cuz its expected of them, not because they feel its right for them. I'll probably never have this chance again (still getting a measure of financial aid from my parents). A thing that terrifies me is looking back in 30 years and seeing all the missed opportunities, all the things I could have done, the people I could have been friends with, all the missed relationships, etc.
UW-River Falls, B.S. Computer Systems - Computer Science option. I also took the classes required for the Information Systems option (with the exception of COBOL programming). All that and a Mathematics minor too.
I started out as a computer engineer & physics major but after my first semester I switched to CS, due to almost acing my first programming class (3pts off on the first test was all).
I'm looking at doing grad school at UW-Madison (they have an excellent CS department) in a few years or the UofM-St.Paul next fall if I can work at the same time. I want to end up as a college professor towards the end of my career.
IMHO, I don't think the institution matters much (unless you are accepted into an IVY league school).
Other than that, I am of the opinion that a degree is just a piece of paper that says you took a couple of classes and passed them.
Will you change your major a lot? Maybe, maybe not. I sure did. Majored in everything from Accouting to Zoology. Stopped long enough to get an AAS in Mortuary Science (yes I was a previously licensed embalmer/funeral director). Got tired of being treated sh|tty and left the funeral business without looking back and went back to school.
First majored in Biology, then switched to CS. Basically I switched over to CS b/c I knew I would have an excellent money making opportunity, other than that I feelings about CS were neuteral. Well the further I got into the curriculum I more I learned that I didn't want to do it full time, so I changed my major to my secret passion: Anthropology.
From the time I took Cultural Anthropology to fulfill my IDS (Inter-Disciplinary Studies) requirement, I loved it and I knew I was hooked. So I chaned my major to ANT and saved me about a year and a half at schoool (I'll graduate in the summer, if all goes well).
I have already been tenatively accepted into the PhD program at LSU (Forensic Anthropology) and to the PhD program at George Washington University (Homonid Paleobiology).
Do what you love and you'll do fine, and as for school, remember this: It's just a piece of paper.
Will be in my final year at Kettering University (formerly GMI) and am studying Computer Engineering... my goal at some point is to get my masters in something... not sure what tho.
Like DK said... the school doesn't really matter so much. They all pretty much teach the same stuff. Just keep in mind that experience is what is important. That's why I like my school... I've been interning at the same company for over 4 years now and I will come out of school with a load of experience. Not to mention that I don't doubt my company will offer me a job.
It's a piece of paper. You pass the classes, you get a job a lot easier that some schmo trying to do it without.
Studied electrical engineering.
Uh.... I just did a teach yourself Borland C++ Builder in 14 days thing, and then my Dad needed someone to wrtie a small assembly program for his company and the next thing I knew I had a really good summer job!
And uh... that's a very interesting signature doubleanti...
haha well i think you've seen it for a while now... sounds good Sean, good luck with that. i wish everyone could go to college, it's so fun... and if you are still in HS, get those APs done!
I went to college back in the late 80's. Thing is, I only managed to do 2 months of it before I got dead bored, and left. It took me about a year and half to realise that I wanted to work in computers, so I applied all round town, and ended up working for one of the largest credit card companies in the world. I suppose I had a lucky break!
I don't know what other UK people would say (maybe someone will comment...), but when I was at school, I couldn't wait to leave. And I found college to simply be an extension of school <yawn>... it certainly didn't seem as appealing as the US people seem to make it sound today.
how is college in the UK organized?