Zachary LaFollett

Zachary LaFollett
Cybersecurity (CIT)

What made you decide to choose your specific major?

I chose cybersecurity because I enjoy learning about cyber defense technology and how the field tests your quick-thinking skills. I enjoy the teamwork that goes along with this major, learning new techniques, meeting new people and how the field is always changing.

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

I really enjoy the group work that goes along with most CNIT classes. This style of learning is more beneficial than just lectures and exams. The CNIT program does a great job in making sure students do not just learn the material and take an exam but put your skills to the test, using hands-on tasks.

What has been one of your favorite class projects?

One of my favorite class projects was the CNIT 242 (System Administration) semester-long project for many reasons. The first reason being the toughness of the project. You and your group are given objectives with little instruction, making you expand on your problem-solving skills.

Another reason I loved this project was the group element. You interact with people in a similar way as you would in the real world. In the end, if you got stuck, the TA (teaching assistant) was always there to help but was the last resort. Overall, this project might seem daunting but it was awesome to see my skills put to the test.

What other activities are you involved in on campus?

I am also a member of the CIT Student Council, helping with special projects in the Purdue community.

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

I wish I would have had an idea of what my week would look like, in terms of classes, and had more of an idea of how classes are laid out, such as labs, lectures, etc.

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

Make connections and never be afraid to ask for help. There is always someone willing to help you out and all you need to do is ask.

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