What are a couple of your favorite things about your program of study?
The best thing about CNIT is the flexibility it allows for choosing classes as there are so many interdisciplinary courses one can take to easily complete a minor. Another cool thing is that there are many graduate-level courses that you can take even if you are an undergrad.
What has been one of your favorite class projects?
One of my favorite class projects was the labs we did in CNIT 24200. The labs were very, very challenging and spanned over a few weeks. I spent countless hours in the lab working on them and in the end when it all came together it was worth it. I learned a lot of new technology. It is a class hated by most people because it’s so hard — but if you are able to grasp the concepts well, it’s great working on it.
What other activities are you involved in on campus?
I am involved in Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP). I also serve as a student ambassador for Office of the Dean of Students (ODOS). I regularly participate in hackathons and consulting competitions.
What was something unique about one of your summer internships?
During my summer internship, I was actually running the e-commerce business of a company because I had gained a lot of knowledge about the company, the industry and the technology used very quickly. The flexibility of my major allowed me to do so since I took a bunch of management and technology courses to build my knowledge which really helped at the internship.
What would be one piece of advice for prospective students or new Purdue students?
It will be very beneficial in the long run if you can establish good connections with your professors. A lot of professors do very interesting research, and you can be a part of it if you show interest and set yourself apart from others. Also, Purdue has some of the biggest career fairs in the country, so always go and build as many connections as you can.
What made you decide to choose your specific major?
I chose my major because I want to work at the intersection of business and technology. CNIT is a major that bridges the gap between businesses and technology, so it seemed the perfect fit.