As a 10th grader what extracurriculars and average should I aim for if looking to apply to computer science?
I'm in 10th grade and trying to work my way towards computer science at waterloo or UOFT. My projected average is 91, mainly because I didn't try that hard first semester, but I understand the sacrifice I must make now. Any advice on volunteer activities or extracurriculars I should pursue to reach my goal? #computer-science #college #technology
If you are interested in Data Science the two main tools would be Python and R. There are plenty of free tutorials online that will help you get started.
I would also read as much as you can about object-oriented programming and also database tools such as MySQL or SQL Server.
This would be a great start and you can begin learning how to create programs or analyze data which are great skills in today's market.
You are on the right track and I believe you will find programming to be fun and it will test your creativity.
Any educational or extra-curricular activity that involves STEP will benefit you. If you are interested in programming, I suggest you start taking basic programming courses (Python, Linux, Web, Databases, Cloud, Scripting, etc.). Apart of learning a computer language, logic or understanding of algorithms is extremely important. These days, IMO, as a computer science professional, you are supposed to know wide range of platform and technologies and a need to knowledge on how to integrate things to come up with a solution.
You still have time to browse through various career paths available!
Irrespective of your undergrad decision, I would highly encourage you to focus on soft skills (communiciation skills - written/verbal, presentation, debating, etc.) which will help you in a long run.
I wish you best of luck for your career!
You have time to select your path at undergrad study but follow your inner call and passion. Wish you all the best and good luck.