I spend a lot of time at my computer; I’ve come to accept that fact.

For all people pursuing a software-engineering degree or any other computer related field, it is probably worthwhile to buy a nice desk chair. I, myself, need to go buy a new one since my old one is now in the trash somewhere.

Now that I am in the thick of my core classes, I use my computer all the time. By that, I mean I spend hours upon hours writing code, using UNIX commands on our UNIX server in Zurn, designing a flowchart or two, writing some more code, or reading up instructions how to build a CAT5 ethernet cable. My life is now surrounded by technology and I’m starting to realize how really awesome the computer and information systems and software engineering component at Gannon. All of the professors really know what they are talking about and are more than happy to spend long sessions helping you to go over your code or flowchart or whatever you are working on and make sure that you are doing it right. And if you aren’t, they will help point you in the right direction.

In all honesty, having a good desk chair really helps. Because if you’re like me and are going to be spending lots of time in front of your computer, then make sure you are comfortable (and get a chair that swivels). I say that because I like to be relaxed when I write code. I love my major and would never choose something different. Yes, I have to sit a lot, but I like what I do and it’s a lot of fun. Being able to create something out of text and knowing how to manipulate that technology is amazing. Sometimes it is really frustrating, but just like anything else, practice makes perfect.

Being a software engineer major with 18 credits, I am busy all the time. Sometimes spending lots of time in front of computer can really be frustrating. I know that there is going to be a lot of work, and that technology is frustrating at points, especially since the field is constantly evolving, but being a software engineer is really awesome!

– Dave

Ever wonder what software engineering majors do when they’re not writing code? Check out this post on the Association for Computing Machinery.