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An Introduction to College

Tom Paulus
October 08, 2016

An Introduction to College

Amongst the tech community, especially those in High School, the big question is: “Is College Worth It?” While I can’t say if college is worth it, I can share my experiences from my first year as a Computer Science Student at San Diego State, a large public state university. From why I chose San Diego State, to the horrors that are graduation requirements, to the awesome opportunity I had to travel to Finland, and study at the University of Jyväskylä this past summer. College is both just like I thought it would be, but also very different.

Tom Paulus

October 08, 2016

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  9. Thank You! Slides and other materials from this talk can

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