CS371p Spring 2022: Lilia Li

I moved around a lot when I was younger (Massachusetts, Maryland, Washington, Tennessee), but I’ve grown up in The Woodlands, TX since 2007 so that’s where I would call home!

2. What high school did you attend?

I attended The Woodlands College Park High School.

3. What was your favorite extracurricular activity in high school?

I would say my favorite extracurricular activity in high school was Marching/Concert band where I played percussion. I didn’t love how time consuming it was, but I came out learning a lot of skills that I’ve carried with me since and I’ve made some of the greatest friends from it.

4. Why did you come to UT?

I came to UT because I knew it would be the best bang for my buck in terms of education. It’s close to home, has a great academic program, and relatively affordable with in-state tuition!

5. Why are you majoring in CS?

I originally came to UT to major in Chemical Engineering, but found the material very dry and pretty uninteresting. Ultimately, I decided to transfer into CS where I had previous experience coding and wanted to learn more about tech, especially living in this digital age that we’re in! I can safely say that I have absolutely no regrets transferring and feel excited every day to learn new things in my courses and feel like I will ultimately be able to go into the workforce and contribute something meaningful to society with the skills that I’ve learned.

6. Why are you in this class?

I really wanted to take this class to learn some practical skills and have hands on experience working with C++ which is a language I’ve never used before as well as brush up on my OOP knowledge. I think this would supplement the more theoretical knowledge that I’ve learned from my other classes well and will help prepare me for when I start work as a full time SWE next Summer.

7. What are your expectations of this class?

I really want to come out of this class being able to apply the concepts of writing beautiful object-oriented code with ease to all of my projects.

8. How much C/C++ do you already know?

I have only ever coded in C from taking OS and haven't had any experience with C++.

9. How did you like the first lectures?

I thought they were great. I think Professor Downing explains concepts extremely well and makes it very easy to understand! I really enjoyed learning about Docker because I have been wanting to learn more about how to use it in the past and have experimented with it a bit, but Professor Downing was able to clear up so much of my confusion.

10. How did you feel about the cold calling?

I get a bit anxious during cold calling because of how large the class is, but I’m wanting to get over my fears of talking in front of large groups and I think it makes me pay attention more in class so I don’t mind it!

11. What made you happy this week?

I went skiing in Park City, Utah for the first time and I had a great time learning and really enjoyed the sport!

12. What’s your pick-of-the-week or tip-of-the-week?

Try learning a new skill!

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