Brandeis University Admissions
Software Engineering, Small Towns and a Love for Tennis
Adam T. ’22
“In addition to all of the great friends I have made, the professors are so supportive. With generally small class sizes, I find that I make more one-on-one connections with my professors. They really do care about your success inside and out of the classroom.”
Why does Brandeis fit you?
The biggest thing for me is the close-knit community at Brandeis. In addition to all of the great friends I have made, the professors are so supportive. With generally small class sizes, I find that I make more one-on-one connections with my professors. They really do care about your success inside and out of the classroom.
How do you like to describe Brandeis to family and friends back home?
I'm from a small town in Idaho. Brandeis felt like a comfortable transition because of the small community atmosphere. I describe Brandeis as being away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but within easy reach of Boston.
What do you nerd out about? Why?
It's a close tie between tennis and computer science. I love that I get to play every day as a member of the men's tennis team. I really enjoy the competitive environment and feel fortunate that I've played throughout my life.
However, I am a total nerd when it comes to computer science. I love learning new topics and keeping up with recent technology. The industry is constantly changing and adapting, so I try to be on top of new developments.
What's your favorite part about being on the tennis team?
The team is like a family to me. It was one of the biggest reasons that drew me to Brandeis my first year, as I quickly hit it off with the team. We spend a lot of time together on and off campus traveling to matches, studying and hanging out in the Gosman Center. There is never a dull moment with my teammates!
What's your favorite class? Why?
That's a tough one. I have enjoyed all of my computer science courses, but loved Data Management for Data Science with Professor Olga Papaemmanouil. I took this course during my junior year. At the time, I was still uncertain about what I wanted to do after graduation. This class really opened my eyes to the different opportunities in the world of data science.
While I will be pursuing a career in software engineering at HP, it's great knowing other exciting industries that I could potentially pursue in the future now that I have the data science knowledge in my back pocket.
Who is the professor or instructor who has had the biggest impact on you?
Tim Hickey has become a campus mentor to me. I really enjoyed taking his different computer science courses because they were project-based and gave us the opportunity to be creative. We learned technical skills through designing websites and building apps. After taking his courses I was eager to learn more.
This year I started an internship under his mentorship, focusing on data science. He oversees my work, but also encourages me to play around and explore different techniques and ideas. While I won't be pursuing data science in my first professional position, Professor Hickey has opened new doors for me in the world of computer science.
How has Brandeis opened your mind?
The courses at Brandeis have encouraged me to keep learning more new things. The world of computer science is rapidly changing. It's imperative that you learn the foundational skills in introduction courses, but the other skills you learn and apply are always changing. As a result, you need to stay in the game to keep up to date with the latest technologies.