I’ve gone through a lot during this past semester. It was definitely the toughest semester of my academic career and I hope that it stays that way. As difficult as it was, it also ended up being quite successful. Here are some academic highlights:
On top of the course work and working a part-time job, I felt concerned at the beginning of the semester. Since this is my final year in college, I knew that there was something important that I had to do: find a job. I’ve seen friends and other college students fail to find jobs after graduation and it gets to me as a result. Even though I’m majoring in something that’s high in job security, I still couldn’t help but fear that I wasn’t going to find anything. I knew that I wasn’t the best Computer Science student (seriously, this program is pretty darn competitive) and I also failed to find an internship this past summer (possibly for the best; needed to take care of some classes). Regardless, I stayed confident and believed in my abilities. For the past three months, I spoke to dozens of people and have been interviewed by many companies. By the time final exams came around I had multiple offers. If I was told at the beginning of the semester that this would happen, I wouldn’t have believed it. Even then so, it was still hard to believe.
I’ve received offers from big names for positions that weren’t too appealing. Sure, it’s nice to be paid well to have financial security, but money doesn’t make up for being miserable about what I’m doing. After a lot of thought and consideration, I decided that I wanted to work for IBM in Austin. The team that I’ll be working with is friendly and is focusing on an area that caters the most to my interests: mobile development. Words can’t express how thankful I am for the opportunity to work on what I enjoy the most while staying in the state of Texas. I’m extremely excited. I look forward to learning and contributing as much as I can.
But it’s not over yet. Everything can’t work out until one thing happens: graduation. I’m about to start my final semester of college. It’s only 12 hours, but it has the potential to be the most ambitious one yet. I’m ready and determined to follow through on any opportunities that this semester will grant me. I’ve had so many tough moments during my time in College Station, but coming to Texas A&M as a Computer Science major was undoubtedly the best decision that I have made in my entire life. I feel so proud and privileged to call myself an Aggie and I wouldn’t want it any other way.