Tour Guide at Clark University
Class of 2019
Hometown: New York, NY
Major: Computer Science
Secondary Major: Mathematics
I really enjoy taking advantage of the benefits of being a Clark student in the city of Worcester. As a student, I've received free admission to the WAM (Worcester Art Museum), which has some beautiful historic mosaics and fascinating rotating exhibits, among other things. And one time, I was able to see the touring production of Once at the Hanover Theater with some friends! The cultural centers in this city are really fun places to visit.
My most meaningful place on campus would probably have to be the Little Center. This is where Shenanigans! hosts the vast majority of its improv practices and shows throughout the school year. For at least 6 hours every week, I have an excuse to stop thinking about schoolwork and other stressful things, and can just make my friends laugh. The Little Center is a quirky building that facilitates the spirit of improv and of Clark itself. It's a theater building that was converted from an old cafeteria!
Computer Science 170: Analysis of Programming Language. This course builds on itself in a really satisfying way. We learned how to write in two new programming languages (C and Scheme), then we deconstructed Scheme in a manner similar to spoken language courses. Finally, once we understood the inner workings of this language, we wrote a program in C that could interpret and run code written in Scheme! The course was like a rubber band ball--we started with some foundational knowledge, and kept adding layers until we had a very tangible and complex product.
One of my qualities that I find very Clarkie-esque is my willingness and desire to try new things. At the activities fair during the start of my first year, where all of Clark's clubs set up tables to promote themselves on the main quad, I must have signed up for at least 12 clubs. Of course, I didn't have the time to commit to everything, but I eagerly attended as many general interest meetings as I could have. I even decided to audition for improv on a whim, with only minimal prior experience, and I ended up loving it!