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Why Computer Science?

It started in 1962 at Purdue University, the precursor to the Digital Age, when the first Department of Computer Science was established. Computer Science is the most versatile and innovative fields today. In simple terms, those who major in computer science use technology to solve problems. Computer science impacts everything. Yes, everything in society today. Most industries rely on data and software programs developed by computer science graduates. The Computer Science curriculum is constantly evolving and adapting to the latest innovative technology. In four years at a university, a computer science major will hardly touch half of the material in their field. It is next to impossible to fit into four years of curriculum. In order to bridge the gap between academia and applied Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology gave Computer Science a college of its own. With education shifting to technological fields, MIT aims to offer its students dual degrees and integrate computing into departments across the university. With technology in the driver’s seat, it is looking like other higher education institutions will soon follow MIT. To accommodate the increase in technology in our world today, higher education must adapt to fill the void of much needed computer scientists. Although a bachelor’s or master’s degree in computer science is not easy, it is rewarding. With advancing technology, the demand for Computer Science Majors only rises. Whether advancing transportation, healthcare, or an entrepreneur of your own business like our co-founders, a degree in Computer Science has endless opportunities.

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The Digital Age

It all started in the year 1975. A year where the Vietnam War subsided, and the first summer blockbuster, Jaws, was released. More prominently, it was the year that the first personal home computer, the MITS Altair 880, launched the Digital Age. Out of the box, the MITS Altair 8800 had a very limited amount of functionality. It lacked a keyboard, monitor, and even a disk drive. However, this metal box adorned with antiquated switches and star trek-esque blinking lights was the precursor to a digital revolution responsible for fundamentally changing the way humans interact. When humanity's ancient ancestors invented writing, they jump-started the advancement of our collective knowledge. One person's discoveries and observations could now be recorded, allowing for others to build upon their initial thoughts. Writing became our collective long term memory, allowing knowledge to transcend its originator and be reused by other thinkers. This collective memory also became the basis for modern political structures. An ancient, despotic kingdom needed to record the tax information just as much as modern, capitalist democracy needs to record the votes of millions of constituents, or a fortune 500 company needs to keep track of which of its employees it has paid already. By creating a collective memory, the ever-expanding bureaucratic apparatuses that makeup society was given the informational tools to grow and improve. In 1440, Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press, and the sheer amount of people that had access to this collective memory ballooned, exponentially increasing the pace of technological advancement. In the period between the inception of printed text and 1970, crop yields increased by 400% and Germ Theory was discovered. The simple cannons that Mehmed the Second used to destroy the walls of Constantinople were replaced by intercontinental ballistic missiles, which are so terribly powerful that no country has dared to use them. Despite these advancements, humans were still separated by the seemingly insurmountable barrier of space and time. One’s ability to read was limited by the scope of the local library catalog, if they had a local library at all. Most information traveled sluggishly, often relying on physical forms of transportation. Different types of information, such as video or audio distributed via radio or television, were only created by a select few in positions of monetary or governmental power. This all changed with the beginning of the digital age. White collared businessmen were riding shotgun as creative technological minds took the wheel. By linking the computer and the internet, these technical visionaries enabled instant communication and data sharing, giving anyone with a connected device almost instant access to the accumulated knowledge of an entire species, along with the ability to play flappy bird. This monumental shift in the daily lives of billions has raised many challenges. Just because we can consume a practically unlimited amount of information does not make that information high quality. The internet is a reflection of the totality of human nature, and harbored within its darkest recesses lie our most heinous dealings. Misinformation spreads quickly, and has the power to affect our most important institutions. Elections can be swung, companies can be defamed, and individuals ostracized by viral lies. However, the number of challenges presented by the digital revolution is rivaled by the opportunities it offers. The advances that will result from the democratization of information will hopefully counterbalance these difficulties. For the modern Human, the world continues to get smarter, faster and more connected using technology. It is quite astonishing, isn’t it? To have the world at your fingertips? Digital technology has streamlined communication and opened new business sectors online. Some of the most powerful and well-known companies today, Google or Amazon for instance, owe their success to technology. The digital age has created a 24/7 market for users and consumers to buy, sell, and learn in real time. Technology is not going away, in fact it is only advancing. The only remaining question is, what will be the most impactful technological advancement in 2019?

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Better Schedule: Better You. How to build your dream college schedule

Congratulations, all the hard work your highschool self poured into academics and extracurriculars has paid off. You’ve decided to further your education, your favorite schools decided to accept you into their academic programs, and your parents decided to use the room you’ll be leaving vacant to house their growing collection of Phil Collins memorabilia. Ok, maybe the last one is just me, but the point is universal. You are about to ease the transition into adulthood by buying the very expensive set of training wheels we call “Higher Education”. Like any good set of training wheels, you will be provided support to help you keep your balance, but you better be willing to provide the leg power. You’ll receive an email outlining the first steps: housing forms need to be completed, financial aid and scholarships need to be finalized, and dorm room essentials must be acquired (No mom, I don’t need one of your Phil Collins themed popcorn machines. And why do you have three of them?). One of the most daunting tasks is also one of the most important: building your course schedule. Here are some tips to help you assemble your dream schedule. 1. Discover yourself If you don’t completely understand yourself, the world around you, and the relation between them… Then congratulations, you’re just like most other college students! Luckily, college is also about finding yourself, a freedom-focused period where you are empowered to continue developing your personality. Even though you may not have everything figured out, try your best to make some basic assumptions about your preferences. Are you pursuing higher education for the diploma, or because you have a legitimate desire to learn? Are you a morning person, or a night person? If you can take Fridays off, will you use that time to study or to watch Netflix? Will you be working during the semester, and if so, when? All these questions will help you build a schedule that will enable your future success, in and out of the classroom. 2. Decide which classes you wish to take. Which classes should you take? Should you load up your schedule with major-specific classes, or get your gen-eds out of the way? This onslaught of decisions can be overwhelming at first, but you’re in luck: your school likely provides a whole suite of resources to help you answer these questions. The most important of these at your disposal is your advisor, who you can and should reach out to for assistance. Most schools have rich course catalogs that allow you to search for a specific class or all classes in your major. If your feeling especially diligent, you can outline which classes you will take for each semester until graduation. This is not necessary, but make sure to double check that the courses you take this semester will keep you on track with your major's requirements and prerequisites. If you don’t know which classes you’re required to take, check to see if your major has a spreadsheet or flowchart outlining its requirements. Do your best to make a final decision now. If you don't, the best case scenario is that you have to rebuild your schedule, which can be very time-consuming if you do it by hand. Worst case you could find yourself frantically searching for the right course before your schools add/drop period ends. A bit of extra research now can save you a load of time and frustration down the line. 3. Prioritize classes. Some courses you will be taking are prerequisites for future courses, meaning that you must take them at the right time unless you want to risk bungling your course schedule for the rest of your college career. Making sure you get into these classes should be your highest priority, not weedling your way into that course on the history of beer (yes yes, I know it’s tempting). 4. Build your schedule Option 1 (the old way): Grab a pencil, paper, and a good eraser Now for the fun part. Acquire a pencil, paper, or a calendar/planner if you have one. Alternatively, you can use one of many free course schedule organizers online. Pencils (or keyboards) in hand, It’s time to visualize your schedule. Begin at the top of your priority list and pick the sections that mesh with your time preferences. Remember to block out time for work, extracurriculars, and free time! Make sure to include any corequisites, lab sections, or seminars that a course requires. You don’t want to finish your plan just to find that one of your courses had a lab that conflicts with your most important class. Option 2 (the new way): Online schedule builders Many schools have purchased software that will do all this work for you. Automation, right? For instance, YouScheduler will build every possible schedule with your chosen classes, then display them to you for your leisurely perusal. It even allows you to input custom breaks, pick specific sections and teachers, and export your schedule to the calendar application of your choice. Does your school lack a schedule builder? Think it would be a good investment for your future alma mater? Send a request for them to acquire a schedule builder software by reaching out to us at support@youscheduler.com!

Battling Stress in Higher Education

The clock on your desk blinks, its 1:00 a.m. on a Tuesday morning and only seven hours until your exam. You are overwhelmed, overtired, and halfway through the exam material. Your exam comprises 30% of your final grade. Each blink of the clock makes the laptop screen brighter, your eyelids heavier, and progress slower. This is an experience every student loathes. The feeling of a heavy weight looming, irritability, fatigue and much more are all common symptoms of stress. It can feel like a dark cloud over your body, weighing you down causing you to be unproductive and your brain to spin in circles. Whether it is cramming for finals or running late for class, most college students are under the enormous weight of stress: and they are not alone. Being young and inexperienced, students may not realize that the faculty members, administrators, and advisers they rely on to guide them through their college experience are often struggling with similar difficulties. Along with their rigorous coursework, an increasing number of students are working extreme hours just to make ends meet. Rapidly ballooning tuition prices have simultaneously introduced a new and looming financial burden, all while forcing students to balance a full-time education with full-time work just to keep their heads above the water. According to a new report from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, Nearly 40 percent of undergraduate students and 76 percent of graduate students work at least 30 hours a week. This doesn’t even take into account the time and effort many spend participating in extra-curriculars, taking care of children, or building valuable friendships. The ways in which stress consumes a college student can vary. They can be a result of coursework, parental expectations, mental illness, and the financial burden of tuition. These stresses often leave students feeling alone in their battle against chronic anxiety, when in fact they are surrounded by proverbial comrades: faculty members who are also desperately fighting off encroaching hordes of pressing responsibilities. Yes, preparing yourself for upcoming exam may be a daunting task, but preparing an entire class of students for that same exam is in an entirely different ballpark. We expect faculty members to be ultimate mentors, equally capable of captivating packed lecture halls with any curriculum and inspiring their advisees with their wisdom, all while conducting research, writing publications, and advancing their respective fields. These expectations may not be attainable without expecting faculty members to give up a healthy work-life balance. On average, faculty members work 56 hours a week, 12 hours more than the national average (2). According to surveyed faculty members, Self-imposed high expectations, lack of personal time, and working with under prepared students were leading sources of stress in their lives (4). These stressors, along with the stress of pursuing tenure and promotion, faculty evaluations, and the focus on research all contribute to a highly stressful environment. The dedication to learning, self improvement, and innovation embodied in the higher education system are the reasons why college campuses are at the epicenter of human advancement. However, overworking can turn these sanctuaries of learning into a joy consuming war-zone. A small amount of stress is healthy, but stress over a longer period of time, like an academic semester, can be catastrophic to a student or faculty member. Stress is shown to be associated with a very long list of health issues, such as: digestive problems, heart disease, and weight gain (3). Not only will it have long lasting physical effects, but stress also leads to mental health problems, such as: memory and concentration impairment, depression, and anxiety (3). Stress happens to all of us and it is normal, so take a deep breath. The important thing to keep in mind is how to manage your stress and even find personal stress triggers. So how should college students and faculty members manage their stress and maximize their success in and outside of an academic setting? Either maintaining a healthy diet, exercising, getting enough sleep, managing your time, having a support system, seeking emotional support, or a combination of these is a great avenue to start. In an academic setting, students and faculty should seek resources provided by their institution. Most universities provide resources to eliminate unnecessary stress and aid in stress management. So the next time you are studying for an early morning exam or preparing a lecture for hundreds of students, take a break and take a deep breath. Find what helps you cope with your stress and seek resources provided by your university to aid as well.

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