What advice would you give to a first year computer science student?
I am a prospective student at a prestigious university in my country, where I will be majoring in computer science. I would like to know what advice would you give to me for my upcoming semester?
One of the top tips I can share as a former computer science student is to be smart with your time. Begin working on programming tasks and projects as soon as possible! Many people tend to start week or month-long projects just a few days before they're due. They often believe they understand the material well and can easily apply it to their programming assignments. However, there's always a chance that you'll encounter a bug in your code, which might take hours or even days to fix. Make sure you allow enough time to get your code up and running smoothly for these tasks. Another useful suggestion is to get to know your professors. Drop by their office hours whenever you can, even if you don't have any questions or difficulties with the course material. Building these connections with your professors early on will make it easier for you to ask for help throughout the semester.
Consider looking for internship opportunities to see how real-time projects are carried out and interact with knowledgeable professionals to learn from them. Wishing you a successful learning journey and career.
In addition to all the advices around time management and being on top of your tasks, I would also suggest that you start looking for what you would like to do after you graduate, basically try to look for your north star - job at X, post graduate, entrepreneurship, etc. That will guide your current decisions and the decisions that you would take during the coming semesters around electives, specialization, building network, etc. And remember, have fun during the journey!
To begin , it's important to spend some time familiarizing yourself with the information given to you. Grasping the content of your curriculum can greatly benefit you. Establish a good rapport with your professor, as they can offer valuable assistance. Next, make the most of the resources at your disposal. Various platforms can help you expand your knowledge beyond the classroom setting. Lastly, tap into your accumulated wisdom to identify your passions. After pinpointing your interests, focus on honing your abilities in those particular fields.
Join clubs, start clubs, and run clubs (President, VP, etc.)
Go to conferences and events in your area
Join local clubs
Do hack-a-thons or related events.
Make a LinkedIN page (and add people who work at companies youre interested in, also to stay relevant on their info and things theyre working on)
If youre from Kingston in Jamaica please look for opportunities your government and ministry of education offer. Recently Jamaica has been very big into providing technology programs, trainings, and events to the youth!