Computer Engineering Student Highlight: Angela

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Meet Angela Larson (Angie), a sophomore at the University of Minnesota. She is a computer engineering student, but when she is not in class, she loves to cook healthy meals and go on picnics outdoors.

How did you know about computer engineering? Who introduced you to computer engineering?

I first learned about computer engineering from my father. He’s an electrical engineer, so he inspired me to become an engineer.

What made you choose computer engineering? What really interests you in computer engineering?

I decided to become a computer engineer because I love coding and computer engineers are the type of engineering that involves the most coding. I wanted to see not only how my favorite apps were made, but also how the computers and phones I access were made.

What were your hobbies like in high school? What were your favorite subjects? Did you have a favorite subject or hobby in high school that helped you decide to pursue computer engineering?

In high school, my hobby was journalism, so I would write and edit my school newspaper. Although I became one of the chief editors in my senior year, I did not want to be a journalist because my favorite subject was not English. My favorite subject in school was math and science, and because computer engineering involves math, science, and coding, I decided to pursue computer engineering.

Is there anyone who influenced you in your life to become an engineer? Is anyone in your close family an engineer, or are you the first?

In my family, my father, uncle and grandfather are all engineers. My great-grandfather was also an engineer. Although I am not the first engineer in my family, I am the first computer engineer.

What has been your favorite part of studying computer engineering so far in college? Favorite college class?

My favorite part of studying Computer Engineering is being able to create projects in class. Whether I’m getting hands-on building a circuit in my electrical engineering lessons, or writing a pretty picture in my coding lessons, I love being able to use my abilities to create something meaningful.

When you graduate from college, what kind of job do you hope to have? What are your plans for your computer engineering degree?

When I graduate from college, I would like a job designing and reviewing the internals of technology in order to create new technology or improve existing technology.

What is your advice to our readers who might want to be an engineer someday?

My advice to readers who might want to become engineers is to explore math and science classes, and talk to a teacher who is a computer engineer. It’s a good idea to talk to someone who has experience in computer engineering so you can ask questions and see if computer engineering sounds interesting!

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