Before I enrolled in UIT I had been a student at Dalhousie university. I was taking computer science, being that IT and coding had always appealed to me and I always found it enjoyable. But I didn’t do very well in my second year due to lots of theory courses that were brutally difficult and didn’t teach my any skills. So I was looking at other options as to what I would do when I started LARPing. While I was there I met Eric, and discovering he was a web developer I made sure to talk to him since as a tech guy I love to talk to other tech people. He convinced me to look at UIT and I’m glad I did.

One thing that was funny was that I never planned to go. I thought “I’m going to apply just to see what it’s about, and humour Eric, but I’m going to end up back at DAL anyway.” And then I had applied, and then I was in an Interview, and then I was accepted. The whole time I hadn’t actually planned to not go back to DAL. But then after talking to everyone and getting accepted I knew I had made the right choice.

After I said I wasn’t going back to DAL it was amazing the amount of people who took interest. I was having people who I hardly knew or had rarely met asking me about school. At first I found it had, because at the start UIT was this weird, silicon valley type, hip tech thing and people seemed to treat it with great interest. But as time went on and I got more excited about the program it became easier and talking about it just made me more excited.

Up until school was just about to start. I starting having some weird second thoughts. I was seeing posts about all my halifax friends who were getting back in Res, or moving into new apartments and admittedly I started to have some regrets. “Maybe DAL is better, I’m just being bitter about getting bad grades. etc.”

But once class actually started and I saw the work we would be doing all that washed away.

I know it will be different then Dal, in good ways and in bad ways. The coding is different, I’m used to application building with C++ and JAVA, etc. Not websites or more artistic things. But I’m confident in what I will  be learning at UIT and that what I learned at DAL will help me.

After this first week, I’m confident in my choice and can tell it’s going to be a good year.

1 thought on “I’m back home now and going to school.”

Eric Lortie Eric Lortie says:

I was really glad to see that you’d chosen to enrol and give UIT a shot. Your background in CS will no doubt prove invaluable, and we’re all thrilled at having convinced someone in tech to come home to Cape Breton to continue down their career path here. I have no doubt it will prove to be the right decision for you.


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