Day: March 18, 2019

Jake Lucchini

Jake Lucchini stands on the ice in hockey gear

To be nominated for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award is a huge honor. I saw teammates go through it; it was very cool to see them up there. But being in that category is something I never thought would happen for me. I don’t think too much into it, but it is crazy to see the support of the University, and it is such an amazing feeling.

Being on the hockey team, we are given a lot of resources to help us juggle hockey and school. Whenever we need a tutor or help with anything it is always there for us. Coming into college at 20 years old was very different because I wasn’t in school for three years. I had three tutors during my first semester to make sure I was succeeding in my classes. After my first semester, it got a lot easier for me because I was able to juggle school and hockey. During my first semester at Michigan Tech, I was undecided [on a major]. I talked with a lot of people and decided the best major for me would be sports and fitness management. I have zero regrets. I love my major; studying something that interests me makes school so much more enjoyable. I want to play hockey as long as I can after I graduate. If that does not work out, I plan to become a hockey coach. I am getting a minor in coaching.

There isn’t anything to dislike about Michigan Tech. The entire experience has been unbelievable. In my opinion, we have the best fans in the country. The John MacInnes Student Ice Arena is honestly the best experience in all of college hockey. The one class that really took me by surprise was Exercise Assessment. I talked with people who took the class before and they mentioned how it was one of the harder classes in this major. My GPA is right above a 3.0, so my mindset going into the class was to work as hard as I could and hopefully get a B. I ended up getting an A and didn’t get below a 92 percent on any of the exams. The class was so interesting and I think I got an A because I enjoyed it so much.

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Brook Greening

Brook Greening, a college student, works at a computer

Michigan Tech has given me so many opportunities. I realized who I wanted to be because I got involved with organizations like Delta Phi Epsilon (DPE), which helped me realize I need to step outside of my box; I needed to break my own barriers to become my own person.

I’m studying computer science, graduating in May, and I already have a job at Target in Minneapolis as a software engineer.

I’m originally from Mount Pleasant, Michigan, so Minneapolis will be a huge change. My parents have always said, “Your education is super important,” and I liked school too, so… My senior year of high school there was a job in IT available. I started working with computers, building them and troubleshooting for teachers, and then I heard about Michigan Tech because I was in First Robotics. [I got into First Robotics because] I was really into math and my math teacher started a team, so I was in the very first group of kids to do it [at my high school]. I thought, “This will be fun. I enjoy math, let’s see where it takes me.” I was a programmer on that team and I got really into it, and just being around all the computers at work and in my free time, I realized Michigan Tech would be a great place for computer engineering. I got up here, took a circuits class, and well… the programming class was everything I wanted it to be!

My first year at Tech, I went on the Silicon Valley trip. I also got involved in Copper Country Coders—they teach middle through high school students how to code. It’s a great organization and the professors that are running it are really cool, too. I really like to be super involved in things. I realized that after my second year at Tech; I just kept getting involved in things.

People don’t give computer science majors a chance because they already have the stereotype in their head. But we just have different interests. The class Science, Technology, and Society made me think about how technology influences society so much. I researched Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how bias in those programs—the programer bias—can affect a lot of people, so I think it would be really cool to help develop some type of program to show people they have inherent biases. I want to be in industry for a little bit and then I’d like to get my master’s in AI or human-computer interaction. In my free time, I really like to read books, science fiction and stuff like that.

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