My name is John Fedorchak and I am a sophomore computer
science major. I took CMSC 202 last semester, during my freshman year, at UMBC.
I have been programming for over six years, but CMSC 201 and
202 were my first official programming classes. I have experience with Java,
x86 assembly, C, C++, C#, Python, and web languages such as HTML, CSS, and
been personally teaching many friends and even other students how to program
more efficiently which I believe helps me be an effective SI leader.
I joined the SI program for multiple reasons. First, I
wanted to help students learn programming. Programming and computer science in
general are fields that are increasingly growing in society today, and I
believe that they are important, even if your career has no need for them.
Learning to code is like learning how to think. Another reason I joined is
because being an SI leader is a learning experience in itself. I’m not a
teacher; I help students learn, and they help me learn new things, too. The
bonds that can be created with students in this way are very rewarding. I wish
everyone the best of luck and encourage you all to attend SI sessions and even
to become SI leaders yourselves!