CS371p Spring 2020: Varshika Pichela
Hello! I’m Varshika, a junior in Professor Downing’s Object-Oriented Programming class. Welcome to my first blog post!
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in India then immigrated to the United States.
What high school did you go to?
I went to Independence High School in Frisco, TX. Go Knights!
What was your favorite extracurricular activity in high school?
Dancing was my favorite extracurricular activity in high school. I began taking dance lessons when I was 4 and continued till college. Dancing is an incredible outlet for emotional expression and stress reduction. Every time I dance I feel like I am stepping into a new realm.
Why did you come to UT?
I chose UT because I wanted to stay in-state for undergrad and UT has one of the best Computer Science Programs in the country.
Why are you majoring in CS?
CS is a natural fit for me because I enjoy solving challenging puzzles and I like building things. I am curious about computers and how the technology works. Don’t you like learning how things work and how to make them work?
Why are you in this class?
I am in OOP to strengthen my proficiency in C++ and learn object-oriented programming so I can write flexible, reusable and structured programs.
What are your expectations for this class?
I expect to become proficient in C++ and be able to implement OOP principles in my programs. I also hope to learn how to use technologies such as Docker and GitLab.
How much C/C++/Java programming do you already know?
I am proficient in Java. Familiar with C due to CS429. I used C++ in Professor Gheith’s CS 439 course but did not have access to libraries so my C++ knowledge is very limited.
How did you like the first couple of lectures?
I enjoyed them! The first lecture was fun especially the drawing activity. After looking at my portrait I learned that I have an angry resting face. The lecture helped me understand C++ better when Professor Downing made comparisons between C++ and Java semantics. From the lectures, I could tell that Professor Downing is very knowledgeable. I am confident that I will gain everything I expect from this class.
How did you feel about the cold calling?
At first, I was nervous about the cold calling, but it helps me stay attentive. Sometimes I zone out during lecture so this method will be very effective in keeping me engaged in class.
What made you happy this week?
I’m happy that I already got cold-called so I can now relax for a few lectures.