Khushi Saini

Khushi Saini
Computer and Information Technology (CIT)

What made you decide to choose your specific major?

I chose Computer and Information Technology because it has allowed me to indulge within both aspects of my interests which include programming along with technology. An essential determining factor for my major was the incorporation of teamwork. Within CIT, there is a substantial balance of experience with computers, technology, and networking which helps me build a foundation of skills acquired for the career field. 

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

Within CIT, I enjoy the courses offered and I truly appreciate the content within because it allows me to challenge myself and grow as an individual. Moreover, the hands-on experiences and opportunities provided help me stay in contact with the depths of CIT and prepare for the career field as well. 

What has been one of your favorite class projects?

As of now, my favorite class project has been creating a VPN (Network-Wide Ad Blocker) using the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B. This project included specifics of the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B which helped me obtain experience with network security along with raspberry pi models. 

What other activities are you involved in on campus?

I am involved in clubs and organizations such as the Data Mine Corporate Partners, Women in Technology, and Computer Science Women's Network. The following organizations have allowed me to obtain technological experience along with leadership skills. I have been partnering with Farfetch and utilizing Python and R to examine the datasets. Moreover, the clubs have helped me obtain experience in networking along with gaining new technological skills. 

What was something unique about one of your summer internships?

In my summer internship with a startup called Make Network, I utilized Python and Java to program a web application quite similar to Amazon and used Microsoft Office to document the following.

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

I wish I had told someone that Computer and Information Technology is beyond the realms of computers and tech, rather, Purdue does an excellent job by incorporating all elements of career growth and leadership opportunities within the major itself. 

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

I would advise the prospective students to begin their career research and networking as soon as possible due to the fact that companies are looking for well-rounded students who excel not only in academics but in leadership experiences as well.