Ananya Anand

Ananya Anand
Computer and Information Technology (CIT)

What made you decide to choose your specific major?

I chose Computer and Information Technology as my major because it provided me with opportunities to develop my skills in the two fields that I am most interested in, business and technology. Polytechnic's focus on hands-on learning, problem-solving, and networking is what drew me to Purdue. Within CIT, there is a balance of experience with technology, business, and organizational leadership to help me build a skills I can utilize in the career field, which is what drew me to my major.

What are a couple of your favorite things about your program of study?

I enjoy the variety of classes my program of study offers. It allows me to gain knowledge in all parts of the field while focusing on the aspects I am most interested in. Also, the emphasis on hands-on learning helps me feel more confident in the skills I pick up from my coursework as I am simultaneously learning how to apply them to my future career.

What has been one of your favorite class projects?

So far, the class project I've enjoyed the most involves building a VPN using the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B in CNIT 176. This undertaking provided me with hands-on experience in network security and the final outcome of the project is still something I could use now.

What other activities are you involved in on campus?

I am involved in the Women in Technology Club and Learning Community, WiTty Sisters, and Purdue University Dance Marathon. These organizations have provided me with opportunities for networking and growth in leadership that I can apply to my career and in my contribution to the communities I am passionate about making a difference in.

What do you know about your program of study now that you wish someone had told you when you were choosing a major?

The Computer and Information Technology major encompasses leadership and professional growth in its classes. Beyond that, it includes access to career fairs for networking opportunities like no other.

What would be one piece of advice for prospective students or new Purdue students?

I would advise prospective Purdue students to find organizations and opportunities to hone their skills in leadership along with their focus on academics. Sometimes, the combination can take you further than either one on its own.

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