Q1: Did you program before coming to college?
A2: No, my high school didn't even have engineering classes until AFTER I graduated. I never was introduced to it before college so I never explored it on my own time. (Explore Engineering 2011 at UConn doesn't count, the CSE department wasn't showcased very well.)
Q2: What made you choose CSE/Engineering then?
A2: I came to UConn as a mechanical engineer but switched out February of my second semester. CSE seemed like a more rewarding albeit a more challenging field. I'm not sure if it actually is, I didn't feel like sticking around the ME department long enough to find out. I only picked that department because they advertised it as what the Mythbusters do. Engineering I figured would be a good fit for me since I enjoy math and science.
Q3: What's your favorite language?
A3: Probably Java because that was my first "real" language and I code the most often in it. It's my go-to language for interviews like my Google ones. I also like C (when I don't have memory leaks or multithreaded bugs) and Objective-C for whenever I need to make a mobile app like at hackathons.
Q4: Why not Python?
A4: I haven't really done much with it besides 1 honors conversion project back in 2014, translating a huge Python file to Go during my internship (don't ask why), and doing a bunch of HackerRank challenges in it. I'm hoping to use more Python in my thesis to get more experience with it.
Q5: Emacs or Vi?
A5: I'm not telling you which because I know better than to start a flame war over which is the superior editor. I use both since it's good to know both, but I prefer one over the other.
Q6: What are you doing after college?
A6: I've decided to go into industry after graduation. I was strongly considering grad school for a while but decided it would pay off more to get real industry experience.
Q7: Have you ever been to a UConn basketball game?
A7: No, I don't have time for that. I did at least watch the 2014 final match between UConn and Kentucky on my laptop from the comfort of my own dorm room... and then I got to watch the ensuing chaos from one of the study lounges as literally thousands of people came pouring out of Gampel screaming and more came running from their dorms.
Q8: Why is your thesis 3 semesters long?
A8: I'm a University Scholar, which means I'm working on a massive thesis as an undergrad (compared to the 1-semester long thesis that a regular Honors Scholar would do). There are only 28 of us for my graduating class. We're all working on some interesting projects, which would never fit into a single semester.