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How can this website help me prepare for college and what it has to offer?

I am in 11th grade and wanting to learn more about the major im wanting to explore more which is computer science.?

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Mark W.’s Answer

Hi, Christian!

I think a key thing that has changed over the last few decades is that the software development field has diverged a lot from Computer Science. Lots of people have great careers in software development without much actual CS background. So there's one decision point for you: Do you want to learn more theory, maybe develop more sophisticated solutions in science and engineering, and possibly engage in research? That's Computer Science. Or do you want to make software applications that people are likely to use every day, and apply patterns that are already well documented? That doesn't require much of a CS education.

Top CS schools include Carnegie-Mellon University and MIT. I'll also put in a plug for my small but mighty alma mater, Grinnell College. (You want theory? We got theory.)

Why not start right now? See next steps.

Mark W. recommends the following next steps:

Try the intro Computer Science class at Stanford! It's free, and it starts by explaining what CS is so you know what you're getting into! https://see.stanford.edu/Course/CS106A/194
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Michelle’s Answer

Hello, Christian !

Thank you for coming to Career Village where we are always happy to share advice and information about college and career. Since you are interested in pursuing the field of computer science, you can ask specific and focused questions about it here. There are many advisors here that can offer information, suggestions and advice to consider as you pave the way for your future career. Career Village is unique, student and career focused and we aim to provide what is needed for you to be self-directed. We have great confidence in the young people of today who are making short term and long term goals and allowing them to make decisions they know are best for themselves.

If you also ever want referrals to resources for your career, college or situations, this could just be the best place for you to come. In addition to advice and sort of mini-mentoring, we really want the students and people starting out to have as much connection with valuable contacts that will help them along the way. Career Village is constantly growing and the variety of advisors are a superb collaboration with the outstanding Career Village staff.

So, the many ways that this website can benefit it's users is endless. I personally hope that you return and pose any questions about computer science that you may have. Thanks for inquiring about it !
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Malachi’s Answer

Hi Christian,

You're in the eleventh grade and every step you're taking now to prepare for college is setting you up for success. This platform is a goldmine, allowing you to ask any question that comes to mind and even earn community hours. You have plenty of time to delve into what you want to major in. When choosing your major, think about how passionate you are about the subject and if it's something you see yourself doing for a long time. Explore all the different career paths that your chosen subject can lead to, even if you already have a specific job in mind. There might be another role that sparks your interest. I hope this advice is beneficial and I'm rooting for you to achieve great things!
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Samuel’s Answer

On this platform you should be able to find information on what types of classes that you can take advantage of so that you can get the best class list. Also, on this platform you'll be able to see if a 4 or 2 year program is better for you.

Samuel recommends the following next steps:

Find out more inside information, by coresponding with people in the field of computer science.
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