Spotlight: Computer Science

Cornell Engineering student StanleyHi! I’m Stanley. I’m from Corona, NY and am a junior majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering. My favorite Cornell Dairy ice cream flavor is Bavarian Raspberry Fudge. Some clubs I’m a part of are the Cornell Pro-Yos, a Chinese yoyo/diabolo performance group, of which I’m a secretary for and the Engineering Ambassadors, where I give tours to prospective engineering students!

There are so many opportunities to apply CS knowledge outside the classroom. Cornell has the very well-known project teams, which give an opportunity to build real-world products and projects. Additionally, professors are very open to allowing undergraduate students to work in their labs, both during the school year and over the summer.
I love how the CS major has so much depth and breadth to it. There’s so much flexibility to allow people to really hone in on a topic of interest, while also offering the chance to gain exposure to many other parts of CS as well.

Students have so many options when they graduate with a CS degree. For students going into industry, the tech industry is very large, and there’s really pretty much a job for any subject area that people are interested in, whether it be in web development, data science, or embedded systems. Academia is also an option as well, and by being a Cornell engineer, students will likely have had lots of experience in research, which definitely gives an edge in the grad school search.

—Stanley, computer science