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Posted 12 September 2014 - 07:55 AM

i just started college and i am a computer science major. I really enjoy computer science and i often program just for fun. Because of this when i went to my first comp sci class i was disappointing to find that no one was really excited and when i tried to talk to people about the subject matter they looked disinterested. Is this normal? I realize that not everyone will thoroughly enjoy programming but from what i have seen it doesnt look like most people even like it. Is this a thing at other schools as well and if so to what extent?

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Re: no enthusiasm

Posted 12 September 2014 - 08:01 AM

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find that no one was really excited and when i tried to talk to people about the subject matter they looked disinterested. Is this normal?

What do you mean "really excited"? Have you looked at an ACM or IEEE club and talked to them? How about a local developer group?

Not everyone is going to be 120% jazzed about everything. Some days I would work through the grind and hate it.. others my heart would sing with joy.

There's also the question of how are you approaching them?
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Then there's also the issue it is comp sci 101.. and a group of freshman still, probably, riding the high of being a senior.
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Posted 12 September 2014 - 08:09 AM

Or they could be out of major required to take programming. You'll find folks more excited in the upper level classes.
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Posted 12 September 2014 - 09:03 AM

this isnt a 101 class. because of my experience i got placed into a 200 level class ( intermediate python) and most of the people i talked to where computer science majors. However, i may have come off a little to eager and might have freaked the out. I wanted to start a computer science club on my campus but i am having trouble finding people who would be interested in such a thing. Any suggestions on how to go about this?
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Posted 12 September 2014 - 09:05 AM

The typical ACM info:
http://www.acm.org/c...rm-gen-interest

Branch out to the engineer folk:
http://theinstitute....an-you-think506
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Posted 12 September 2014 - 09:15 AM

thank you i will look into if my school has either of those clubs
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Posted 12 September 2014 - 09:25 AM

.. or forge ahead and MAKE one.
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Posted 12 September 2014 - 09:37 AM

if they do not exist then i will, comp sci is a small major at my school so i just hope i can get enough to people interested if i have to to start my own
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Posted 12 September 2014 - 09:42 AM

Make sure to grab engineering folk too... that would be a reason I would maybe lean IEEE over ACM.
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Posted 12 September 2014 - 09:46 AM

ill check into that as well. I just wish people would email back. Ive been emailing professors about this for a week and no one has gotten back to me
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Posted 12 September 2014 - 10:16 AM

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because of my experience i got placed into a 200 level class ( intermediate python) and most of the people i talked to where computer science majors. However, i may have come off a little to eager and might have freaked the out.

Folks in a second semester CS class often times have only had the prereq as their only programming experience. And not everyone is always super passionate.

By the way- go in and meet with your professor(s) in office hours, and go talk to the CS adviser about existing clubs.
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Posted 15 September 2014 - 02:49 PM

Maybe it was just the idea of schoolwork they weren't enthused about. :P
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Posted 06 October 2014 - 02:24 PM

A lot are just in it because it's a "good major" and can make you "good money." The further along you get, those types will be rooted out and those who actually enjoy it will be left.
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Re: no enthusiasm

Posted 07 October 2014 - 11:01 AM

View Postshortbus, on 12 September 2014 - 09:55 AM, said:

i just started college and i am a computer science major. I really enjoy computer science and i often program just for fun. Because of this when i went to my first comp sci class i was disappointing to find that no one was really excited and when i tried to talk to people about the subject matter they looked disinterested. Is this normal? I realize that not everyone will thoroughly enjoy programming but from what i have seen it doesnt look like most people even like it. Is this a thing at other schools as well and if so to what extent?


It's just because you're in the intro class. The further along you go, the fewer people there will be in the classes, but the more those people will like to talk about CS. So don't worry, just keep on chugging along to the upper-level classes. You'll find people like you there.

And like others have said, a lot of people do CS (or at least try lol) because they hear it pays really well. They usually don't make it to the end because their hearts aren't in it. I'd bet at least half your class is doing it because of that.
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Posted 07 October 2014 - 11:12 AM

It is also worth noting that the intro class likely isn't restricted to majors/ minors, so there are a lot of people just trying it out or going for what they hope to be an easy grade.
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