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  • CS373 Spring 2021: Andrew Li

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Alberta, Canada, and then moved to Katy, Texas.

What High School did you attend?

I attended Tompkins High School.

What was your favorite extracurricular activity in high school?

I was in my school’s FRC robotics team, and I spent 4 years on helping program our robot to compete in the FRC competitions.

Why did you come to UT?

I came to UT because it is nearby, making it convenient and cheaper than out-of-state options, but also has a great CS program.

Why are you majoring in CS?

Ever since I took my first CS class in the first year of High School, I have been in love with programming. I love the problem solving aspect of Computer Science, which pushes you to find new solutions to problems you come across.

Why are you in this class?

I am in this class because I have very little experience in software engineering, so I want to learn more about it.

What are your expectations of this class?

I expect to expand my knowledge in software engineering, and be able to gain practical experience as well.

How much Javascript/Python/SQL/Web programming do you already know?

I know a little bit of Python, but not much else in the other areas.

How did you like the two lectures?

I enjoyed the lectures very much, and I thought that Professor Downing really made the class feel engaging for me.

How did you feel about the cold calling?

The idea of cold calling made me nervous at first, but after seeing it in action a few times, and how Professor Downing walks you through it if you’re not sure of the answer, I am much less nervous now.