Hello! Welcome to my first blog post of CS373. Hopefully you can learn a little bit about me!
Where did you grow up?
I was born in San Francisco, CA but grew up in Houston, TX.
What high school did you attend?
I attended Kempner High School.
What was your favorite extracurricular activity in high school?
I was in orchestra and played the violin. Although I honestly was not too passionate about the violin, I had a lot of fun playing alongside my friends and made a lot of good memories through orchestra.
Why did you come to UT?
I wanted to go to school somewhere within Texas, but away from Houston for a change of scenery. UT was my top choice because I heard that it had a good computer science program. I also had a cousin and a lot of close friends who were attending UT as well, so it was nice knowing that I would have people near me that reminded me of home, even when I’m not at home.
Why are you majoring in CS?
I stumbled into the world of programming when I decided to randomly take intro to Java back in my Sophomore year of high school. I remember doing well and having a lot of fun in that class, but still never really considered majoring in it.
I then took physics and the AP CS class junior year of high school. I did not have a fun time with physics, but through that, I realized how much I preferred and enjoyed coding. It made me think about why and how I think about solving something, and allowed me to be creative.
Why are you in this class and what do you expect of it?
I heard about this class from friends and heard that it was a useful class. I hope through the projects and lectures, I will gain the knowledge and experience needed for the real world. I also look forward to seeing the final product of the project that my classmates and I will work on!
How did you like the two lectures?
I thought the lectures were very engaging and well organized! I have never used Microsoft Teams before, but found it very useful to keep track of other student’s questions and comments. I appreciated how thorough and patient Professor Downing was in answering all our questions and explaining examples.
How do you feel about the cold calling?
Honestly, I am pretty nervous about it because I am usually pretty quiet in class, but I feel like it’ll be a good way to force myself out of my comfort zone. I trust that Professor Downing and my classmates will not judge me for my questions and answers, and that it is just a time and space for us all to learn.
What made you happy this week?
I made some chocolate chip cookies this week! I really like baking in my free time and find it to be stress relieving.