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My Major and Why I Chose … Computer Science!

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By BookRenter Eric

by Avolore

First, let me tell you a little about myself: I graduated high school in 2005 and chose to go to the University of Oregon.  Initially I thought of pursuing pursue Business or Economics (like BookRenter Mike) as a major. Buy after my first year of college I decided to leave school and work full-time on a small business I started in high school.

Fast-forward 5 years…  The small business didn’t work out the way I had envisioned, and I decided to head back to the Bay Area and back to school.

My first semester back in school I desperately needed to get back in “school mode”, so I promised myself I would only take classes I was interested in. I remember getting up in the morning to register for classes asking myself, “What really interests you, Eric?”  After filtering through hundreds of classes trying to decide on a couple to take I came across a subject I had never really considered before – Computer Science.  I did a quick Wikipedia search for ‘computer science’ and was blown away.  This was exactly what I was looking for!  I had always been a bit of a computer geek, but I had never thought about studying computer science in school.

It’s only been a year since I made the choice to switch my major, but I truly couldn’t be happier about it.  Not only am I enjoying school but I can also see how what I’m working on in the classroom relates to the real world.   Living in the Bay Area my studies will give me an edge when it comes time to find a job.

If you think you might be interested in computer science or want to learn more check out these sites:

  1. College Board’s Computer Science page
  2. Computer Science Wikipedia page
  3. Current projects being worked on in the CS department at Stanford University

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