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Discussion on: What tips would you have for incoming Computer Science freshman?

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Lou — Cloud Engineer

A couple things off the top of my head...

  1. Start to put everything into a practical context. Take ideas you learn and try to fit them into practical contexts, it'll help with the job search later.
  2. Don't underestimate the things you might need later. I shrugged off UNIX commands in my degree thinking I'd never use it. I use it every day.
  3. Think early about tailoring your skillset to a specific job role, just having a CS degree is not enough, you must be employable. Read job descriptions early and figure out what role you'd wanna do.
  4. Don't be afraid of programming. It's the same as learning to drive, I'm very confident pretty much anyone can do it given time.

I'll let you know if I think of more...

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Spencer Pauly Author

These are great I especially love the comment on Unix. When I first started we learned emacs and vim commands and I was just like “wow I’m never gonna plug into a mainframe and need to use an editor like this”, but I use vim all the time even if it’s just to edit docker files and whatnot. Definately worth it to learn the terminal.

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Lou — Cloud Engineer

Yeah, I'll add it to the list of "times that I questioned things that I really should not have".

That can sit right on the shelf right next to...

"ALGEBRA?! When am I ever going to need that!?"

🤦‍♂️ My job is now quite literally, algebra.

Bravo, Lou.