Stephen Davis, first-year Computer Science student

Why did you choose Lakehead-Georgian?

As I was researching Georgian College’s three year Computer Programmer Analyst program I noticed there was an option to complete a degree and diploma in four years so I thought, why not? I was already committing to three years so adding the fourth year to get two credentials looked like a great opportunity and very valuable.

Other than the value of the degree-diploma, a primary reason I picked Lakehead-Georgian was because of the location. I didn’t want to commute and was looking for something local.

student studying at computer

What made you interested in computer science?

I’ve always had a passion for technology so I knew it was what I wanted to do for a career. It is part of my career change as a mature student. It is what really makes me happy.

What do you like most about the program?

The small class sizes is one of the best parts of this program. Since we only have 15-17 people in my class I’m able to interact with my professors more. When I was enrolled at other institutions, I had 1000 people in my class but here I am on a first name bases with all my professors. They are so dedicated to teaching and will sit down outside of class time to help you with material.

Another part of the program I enjoy is the structure. Georgian College is known for their programming and having it as an introduction into a degree is very interesting to me because I came in not knowing anything.

two computer science students working at computer

What has been the most memorable part of your education so far?

The most memorable moment so far was after the first semester finished. I looked at my final term marks and reflected on the amount of work I put into it. The extra support from my professors made it worth while and it gave me a sense of accomplishment and the sense of “yes, I can do this.” I gained a lot of confidence and it felt very rewarding. At this point I knew I was on the right path.

What advice would you give to future Lakehead-Georgian students? 

Do your projects early. If you don’t understand something ask and keep asking until you understand it. The faculty want you to understand the concepts and want you to succeed. They are willing to help you and are willing to go over it with you until you get it.

What are your plans after graduation?

I’ve already started to do my research and I’d like to complete my masters in computer science.