- Tell us your academic major and why you are interested in that area.
My academic major is Computer Science. I am interested in this area because of the wide possibilities of the field as is currently with Mobile, Web, and Databasing, but also with the future potential elements with Web Sockets and Artificial Intelligence. I have a knack for Mathematics and a bit of a perfectionist and both fall right in line with a Computer Scientist.
- How do you think that your academic major can be used to help others in your community?
My academic major will be useful in my community where the logical problem solving and perfectionist aspects prepare me for a variety of situations such as keeping track of data with spreadsheets, organizing a small group of people with specific skills into their best fit based on those skills, or persevering until the project is finished.
- What skills or knowledge do you currently have that can help improve life for others?
Well, in my life I’ve had three jobs: Fast Food, Grocery Store, and Software Developer. All of these offer many of skills. To list a few, I understand Customer Services and working as part of a team from Fast Food. From the grocery store, I understand continuous improvement and a deeper understanding of job compartmentalization. And from software development I learned things about skilled labor horizontal teamwork while at the same time an understanding vertical teamwork. All these skills help with the lives of other in these ways: Customer service lets me speak to others and adapt into their speech pattern faster. Experience with teamwork allows me to establish certain roles faster and fit myself into the team in a more efficient or coherent position. The grocery store job taught me continuous improvement, a skill that will allow me to better my career daily as well as seek to aid others through constructive criticism. Job compartmentalization allows me to see things from a more birds-eye-view and see the full system a job entails. Horizontal and Vertical teamwork is my take on how careers work, an employee needs to understand the horizontal positions those like mine or those of equal company status as well as working upwards and downwards such as working with a Manager to get the best product out the door from the viewpoint of the management as well as working with a fresh intern to make sure he/she has enough help to get the job done, but not too much that you overwhelm them; this I have learned from Software Development and it will be useful to others so that I have a deep understand of the scope a full project brings when undertaken correctly.
- Introduce yourself!
This is yours truly Harrison Welch! I am a Junior at Austin Peay State University majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Mathematics and Business. My interests and hobbies are in Robotics involving Arduino and Raspberry Pi, Web development like AngularJS and LeafletJS, and Android Mobile development. I have a part-time job at the APSU GIS Center as a Software Developer for which I have a year in experience where I am mainly as a Mobile and Web developer. I volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, Circle K, and Manna Café.