If i take AP computer science as a senior would it be a good first step into becoming a software engineer?
THREE STEPS TO PREPARE FOR AN COMPUTER ENGINEERING DEGREE WHILE STILL IN HIGH SCHOOL
STEP 1: AP MATH & SCIENCE CLASSES – In college, engineering majors take a rigorous course load that’s packed with math and science. Prepare yourself by taking the most challenging math and science classes available at your high school. These may include AP Calculus, AP Physics, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science, and/or AP Statistics. If your school doesn’t offer AP courses, don’t panic. Colleges will take this into account when reviewing your application. Simply tackle the most challenging opportunities available to you. College admissions teams are impressed by candidates who demonstrate initiative and genuine enthusiasm for their area of study.
This presents a chance to gauge whether a career in engineering is truly a good fit. Do you enjoy these classes? Do you find them mentally stimulating? Do you excel in math and science courses? If the answer to any of these questions is “No,” you may want to consider other career options.
STEP 2: EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES – Colleges like to see initiative and enthusiasm in your area of study. Again one way to demonstrate your disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is to participate in relevant extracurricular activities. Colleges don’t only want you to participate in extracurricular activities, they also want you to show commitment, leadership, and the ability to make meaningful contributions. And the more deeply you involve yourself in these endeavors, the more useful skills you’ll gain for your career as an engineer.
If your high school suffers from a lack of STEM clubs, start your own. Talk to a teacher or administrator about creating a new Engineering, Physics club or Robotics Team at your school. Now that’s initiative. Whether you start your own club or join an existing organization, try to work your way into a leadership role. Alternatively, contribute in significant ways by organizing events, coming up with creative new ideas, or recruiting new members.
STEP 3: REAL WORD EXPERIENCE – You’ll gain skills and knowledge through your coursework and extracurricular involvement, but it also helps to have experience. You can build real-world engineering experience through job shadowing, internships, or volunteering. Ask your parents or guidance counselors if they know of any engineering-related opportunities or connections. You can also email local companies and see if they’re looking for interns or volunteers. If not, would they allow you to shadow someone and learn about the job?
Another way to gain hands-on experience is by attending an engineering summer camp. These camps are typically held at universities and involve design challenges, renowned guest speakers, behind-the-scenes tours, and more. Real-world experience builds skills and knowledge and gives you another opportunity to evaluate whether engineering is the career for you. Of course, all of these experiences will also look great on a college application.
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1) You will be better prepared for challenging college coursework in Computer Science, which will make it easier to succeed once you get there.
2) When you apply to college, you will have demonstrated that you are already investing in learning this subject, which will make your application more competitive.
3) If you take AP Computer Science and high school and don't like it, then you will know before you pursue this as your major in college.
If you know which college you are going attend, you can look up the requirements for your major and take AP classes to satisfy those courses (so you can skip them when you actually attend college).
Best of luck!
I think it's a great first step and I highly encourage to take it. When I got to UC Berkeley, there was a test that all Computer Science interested students had to take before the first computer science class. This was a 10 minute test where students had to write code (in any computer science language) where they had to demonstrate that they understood recursion. If you failed this test, you had to start your CS career with CS 10 an introduction computer science course and if you passed the test, you got to start your career with CS 61A, saving yourself 6 months (and time/credits you could apply to other courses or to graduate early).
So in summation, take the AP course! :)
While I was in high school I took the regular CS50 course and it helped me a ton.
I loved taking that course! It's what helped me determined that I wanted to pursue a career involving software. I think this is a great step in becoming a software engineering, but ultimately that's what your major will be in college so when you apply, apply to major in software engineering and that should get you set on that road.
From computer, network, machine learning, or even medical ,mechanics etc. based on the application of the software technology.
But as a beginner, I think learning computer science, math are very essential, as it will help to prepare your knowledge needed.
Many software engineer's work is actually building apps and games, which helped more than just CS Degree Studies,
So , again, math, programming language, and application area are three essentials.
I would also start writing programs in your spare time (the don't have to be super complex they can be little utilities). Doing this will help you to be comfortable with code and solving problems.
Also I would look at open source projects on Github for projects that your are interested in. Reading other folk's code is a good way to learn since you can see how they solve problems.
Another thing I would suggest is picking up a book (or finding videos on YouTube) on algorithms and data structures, these come into play a lot.
A good accessible book on the subject is 'Grokking Algorithms: An Illustrated Guide for Programmers and Other Curious People'
The above suggestions are stuff you can start doing regardless of where you are and should help you with any classes that come up. Other folks who have answered this question as well have great advice
One parting piece of advice, keep trying and don't be afraid to ask for help.
In addition to AP, after you've had solid programming and math foundation, consider taking MOOCs in computer science. They're usually free and self-paced. A lot of them are also college-level courses. Coursera, edX, and Udacity have many good courses in computer science.
By the way, once you know which college/university you'll attend, consider taking some courses at a community college before you formally go to college. Some colleges/universities accept transferred credits from a community college, so taking courses at a community college might be helpful. Check what institutions' credits can be transferred to the college/university you might attend, what are their equivalent courses at the college/university you might attend, and whether they can be transferred to courses that can count toward the computer science or computer engineering program of the college/university you identified.
I got all my college math credits from AP and community college transferred credits (I took the community college courses while I was in high school) and was able to focus on non-math courses when I was in college.
Remember to follow the college/university's process of transferring the credits.
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