Kayla Stotz

Computer Infrastructure and Network Engineering Technology (CIT)

What made you decide to choose your specific major?

I orignally entered as a Systems Analysis Design major in the CIT program. After completing 3 semesters, I realized that while I enjoyed my CIT courses, there were some that I really liked, and some, not as much. After looking at the topics that interested me the most, I realized that there was a major that was specific and provided me with coursework and future career paths that were exactly what I wanted. I knew it would be an easy switch because it is still in Poly Tech. and even in the same department (CIT). I scheduled an appointment with my advisor to talk it over, and we made the switch that day! 

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

I love how hands-on everything is. In lectures, I learn things that are actually applicable and relevant to real-world problems and solutions, as well as leaving lab feeling like I actually am doing something that I would be paid to do in a professional environment. I feel like I am actually being given the tools for success and feel confident in my abilities to do good work once I graduate college. 

What has been one of your favorite class projects?

I like the lab finals the most. When I get to combine everything that we learned all semester into one big project, I feel really cool and really accomplished. 

What other activities are you involved in on campus?

Women in tech LC and club, epics, All aboard Purdue, Purdue Ski Club, student employment 

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

How many different majors there actually are- even in just the CIT department. 

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

It is very important not to overwhelm yourself. But that being said, I think it's important to push and challenge yourself. College is awesome in so many ways. There are so many things you can participate in, things you can learn, people you can meet, etc. Have fun and do as much as you can!

Have questions? Email me at kstotz@purdue.edu