CS371p Fall 2020: Jed Benedict Eloja

Where did you grow up?

I was born in the Philippines but grew up in Houston, Texas.

What high school did you attend?

I attended a small high school named Eastwood Academy in Houston.

What was your favorite extracurricular activity in high school?

When I was younger I spent most of my after-school time helping my mother tutor her algebra students. She taught math at the high school I attended and I would usually help out whenever she needed it.

Why did you come to UT?

I came to The University of Texas at Austin for a variety of reasons. It is far enough from home to allow me to experience college life and close enough to be convenient. The CS program is elite and I have had friends who attended that gave good reviews.

Why are you majoring in CS?

In high school, AP Computer Science was the class I enjoyed the most and I decided to pursue it.

Why are you in this class?

I am in this class because I need upper-division CS courses to graduate. I also took Software Engineering last semester and enjoyed my time under Professor Downing.

What are your expectations of this class?

I am expecting it to be very similar to Software Engineering last semester. While I don’t think we will be building a website, I expect the course load of each project to be similar and for lectures to be engaging.

How much C++ do you already know?

While it isn’t Java, I am confident in my ability to program in C++ as the course requires.

How did you like the two lectures?

The lectures were what I expected after taking the class last semester. Professor Downing has great energy and is very thorough with his explanations.

How did you feel about the cold calling?

I do not mind the cold calling system that Professor Downing uses. I was skeptical last semester but it honestly was not too bad once I experienced it for myself.

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