Featured Student: Linus Brogan

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Bio

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Course of Study: Computer Science and Mathematics Major

Main Interests: Computer security, rock climbing, chocolate

What project or experience (in computing) are you most proud of?

I would say it is the Onion Forecast <https://bon.linusaur.us> from PioHacks 2018. The Onion Rater predict the likelihood of encountering onions at each meal, so students can easily prepare themselves for the onion onslaught. The hackathon was a fun experience for me and my friends to share our passion for onions with the LC community. I like to think that I am funny, and with this project, other people seem to agree.

What’s some advice you have for other computationally minded students?

Have faith in yourself. There will be many times when you get stuck and don’t know what to do. Sometimes you might feel inadequate, like you don’t know enough, but everyone feels that way. Trust yourself and stick with what you are working on because you can do more than you think.

What’s your favorite thing about CS at LC?

My favorite thing about Computer Science here is the community. I am delighted to find so many people with similar interests here. From organizing workshops and hackathons to working on interesting projects, there is so much I can learn from what everyone is doing here. Right from the beginning of the year, it was easy to get engaged with the CS community, which makes me feel welcome here.

What has been your favorite course at LC?

My favorite class so far is Calculus III with Paul T. Allen. There’s no way to start a dark fall day like with Paul’s big smiles lighting up the room. You can do so much cool stuff with multivariable calculus, like calculating the volume of a sphere. Why use V=\frac{4}{3}\pi r^3 when you could integrate a bunch of times? It has the beauty of geometry plus all the fun of notational complexity.

What’s your favorite programming language?

Javascript. It’s so trendy, and it’s super quirky. Who doesn’t love that? JS gets a bad rap, but it works for me.

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