Student, Class of 2019
Prineville, Oregon
Why did you choose Oregon Tech?  

I chose Oregon Tech, because I had an interest in technology all throughout middle school and high school. Through high school I built computers as a hobby, and was active in my school and community, helping others with tech related issues. This developed into an interest in software development, which lead me to Oregon Tech.

What do you like most about your program?

I like that the program is so hands on. The professors don’t just tell you how you could do something, they show you how, and then have you go do it yourself. It is a really rewarding and eye opening process.

What are you passionate about changing within this particular field and why?

I would like to see people on the same page more often in regards to conventions and development standards. A big complaint I hear often is that people are unwilling to try development methods that make everyone’s lives easier, because they are stuck in their ways. I feel like this kind of stagnation hinders progress.

What would be your dream job?

I would love to work somewhere that is developing software that is really beneficial to the general populace. There is plenty of software out there that is just a money grab. I would rather be working on something that improves people’s quality of life.

What have been some of your favorite classes and why?

Data structures was simultaneously one of my favorite and least favorite classes, because it was so challenging, but also interesting. I have also really enjoyed Junior Project so far. It has been a lot of fun getting to work with other people that are passionate about software development.

Is there anything about Oregon Tech that you wish everyone knew about?

How great the professors are. They really put in a lot of work to deliver an excellent learning experience. They make you feel like you are part of a community of professionals, not just another name on a roll sheet.

Is there anything more that you would like to share with future students about campus, what you wish you knew before attending Oregon Tech or anything else?

Don’t try to do everything alone, it can be very overwhelming. There are great support systems on campus from tutors to professors that want to see you succeed, don’t be afraid to ask for help.