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Ambassadors | Computing Sciences and Computer Engineering – Southern Miss Now

Computing Sciences and Computer Engineering
Our Computing Sciences and Computer Engineering Ambassadors share experiences that have shaped their intellectual experiences at USM with prospective students. Learn more about them and connect with them at our recruitment events!
Clinton, Miss.

Advice for incoming students: Start coding early so that you can grasp lower-level materials easier and use external resources, like Code Academy, to get more comfortable with programming in more than just the languages that you learn in your first couple of courses.
Favorite course (in your major) and why: Intro to AI. I enjoy learning about algorithms and what makes them work along with being able to do my projects in different languages than I am used to.
Favorite course (outside of major) and why: MUS 148(concert band), I enjoyed playing with an ensemble for the first two years of my time being here.
Favorite thing about being a student at USM: Getting involved with the other students and gaining knowledge/materials that can help further my development as a programmer outside of classes.
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Clinton, Miss.

Advice for incoming students: Be prepared and know that Computer Science is not an easy major. However, there are resources available like tutoring that you should definitely take advantage of. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, since everyone in the program is like family and are always willing to help. Lastly, do not be afraid to Google. After being in the program for two and a half years and doing an internship, I realized that it was okay to Google, as you will practice and become a better programmer in the long run.
Favorite course (in your major) and why: Database Management Systems Designs because after doing an internship I realized how important having knowledge of databases would be for my future career. Not only that but I also really enjoy the concept I am being taught in that class as well as learning SQL.
Favorite course (outside of major) and why: Honor College Thesis course because it has allowed me to work under a professor in the Computer Science department and learn more about a topic that I am really interested in.
Favorite thing about being a student at USM: It would have to be the other students in the program. Everyone is so easy to get along with and so helpful when it comes to classes. Computer Science definitely is not easy, so it’s really nice to have other people to share the journey with.
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Lucedale, Miss.
Advice for incoming students: It can be hard coming to a big university such as USM, but do not get discouraged or intimidated. Everyone struggles for a little bit to get adjusted to the new lifestyle at first, but you will get there! I believe in you!
Favorite course (in your major) and why: CSC 101 because it serves as a great introduction to the journey of learning to program.
Favorite course (outside of major) and why: FAM 151 because I’ve learned to effectively communicate with others.
Favorite thing about being a student at USM: I love how open and inviting everyone is with diverse students. I feel like I truly belong here, and there is always someone willing to help you, if you need it.
 
Joseph Heirendt
Shaver Lake, Ca.
 
 
 
Advice for incoming students: Keep learning – both in the classroom and on your own. As soon as you start building upon your skills, play around with those skills. Pick a project every semester and learn how to implement it. Also, connect with your classmates, as they are one of the best resources that you can lean on. If you make those connections earlier on in your college career, higher level classes will be easier when you have friends to work with.
Favorite course (in your major) and why: Computer Systems – This course was really challenging and combined a lot of the concepts learned in digital logic with real hardware applications.
Favorite course (outside of major) and why: Engineering Economics – I really appreciate the practical and professional skills that are earned in this class. From learning about the time-value of money to creating cost benefit analyses, this course will help you in the future, regardless of your career path.
Favorite thing about being a student at USM: I’d say may favorite thing would have to be the connections that I’ve made with my peers. It’s kind of incredible how much you can learn from someone you’ve just met. Everyone is willing to help, if they don’t know the answer the odds are they know someone who does.
Other activities you are involved with: I’m not overly involved with campus organizations, but I enjoy long boarding across campus in between classes, making new friends in the computer lab, and working from my hammock on nice days.
 
Clarksdale, Miss.
Advice for incoming students: Stay true to yourself and stay focused. There may be times when you want to stop,but keep going because it gets easier. Never be afraid to ask for help. Our faculty and students are very warm and welcoming, and they will help you the best they can. Also, if you ever find yourself self-doubting, or facing a challenge, remind yourself: Diamonds are created under pressure.
Favorite course (in your major) and why: My favorite course within my major is Introduction to Computer Engineering (CE 101). Even though this is an introductory course, it set the foundation for the things I’ve had the pleasure of learning later within my major. This course brought excitement, it brought challenges, but mostly importantly it brought me certainty and clarity.
Favorite course (outside of major) and why: My favorite course outside of my major is Art. I’ve been around art of all my life being that my father is an artist. I view art as a stress reliever. When life’s adversities strike, drawing or painting a picture helps tremendously for me.
Favorite thing about being a student at USM: My favorite thing about being a student in the School of Computing Sciences and Computer Engineering is experiencing inclusion, as it welcome everyone from all demographics.
Other activities: Aside from being an ambassador, I am the Vice President of the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) chapter on the Hattiesburg campus. I tutor Math and some Computer Engineering courses in my spare time. I am also a part-time Real Estate student.
 
Marrero, La.
Advice for incoming students: Patience is one of the most important aspects to learn. Sometimes you won’t get something on the first, second, or even third try. The most important thing is you stick with it. Keep trying your best and you surely will succeed.
Favorite course (in your major) and why: CSC 101,  Although it’s the only major related course I have taken so far I am enjoying it a lot. Learning how to code from the ground up is an amazing process and is exciting me for future coding classes.
Favorite course (outside of major) and why: Economics, Learning about current social issues regarding our economy, such as education, healthcare, and discrimination, has helped me open my eyes towards many problems within the United States. Discussing these issues can help us identity the work that needs to be done in this country.
Favorite thing about being a student at USM: One of my favorite things about being a student in the School of Computing Science and Computer Engineering is the environment. All of the teachers, teaching assistants, and faculty members are always willing to help you with anything you may need. The student body is also incredibly supportive and friendly.
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Hattiesburg, Miss.

Advice for incoming students: Do not hesitate to reach out for help and look for opportunities yourself. Be confident in yourself and your abilities. Overcoming self-doubt is the first step to success.
Favorite course (in your major) and why: CSC 412. I was able to implement a lot of concepts learned in previous semesters. We worked with virtual simulation to recreate real-world problem and solutions.
Favorite course (outside of major) and why: BA 201. It introduced me to the world of data analytics which has become my passion.
Favorite thing about being a student at USM: There are opportunities everywhere, you just have to look for them. Faculty and Staff members are exceptionally helpful and resourceful, so the needs of individual students are always taken care of. It feels like home, where everyone looks out for each other!
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Elkton, Md.

Advice for incoming students: 
Don’t be afraid to ask for help, whether that be from your professors or upperclassmen.
Favorite course: Database Management Systems
Favorite course (outside of major): Philosophy
Favorite thing about being a student at USM: Meeting like-minded people to help better develop my skills as a programmer.
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