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What are three good things that the UH ICS program is providing for its students?

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1. Tries to prepare us for the real world by making us work with other people and allowing us to gain some help from these professors that have so much experience in the field

2. There’s a variety of paths you can go down like security, networking, etc

3.  It is continuously evolving, meaning there won’t be the same material being taught every semester . You can learn non stop

  1. Professors and advisers provide a lot of information regarding internships and job openings for students throughout the whole year.
  2. Learning from extremely knowledgeable Professors and TAs who showcase an obvious passion for this field.
  3. Students are given access to MSDN (Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance) to obtain free licensed software.

1.  Hard work is rewarded, in terms of both one's grade and experience gained.

2.  The TAs are fantastic and always reply to questions in a timely manner.

3.  The professors are nice and easy to talk to about class difficulties.

1. Research opportunities

2. The option to pursue a focus within the CS degree

3. A curriculum that not only teaches students about CS, but also prepares them for employment

As a new UH ICS student, I'm excited with all the cool things that the program has to offer! This includes:

1) Easy to Find/awesome Advising

Scheduling an appointment with our ICS adviser, Gerald Lau, was super easy and very helpful. Meeting with him helped me get a good idea about what my pathway to graduation is going to be like.

2) Passionate professors

Although It's only my first semester, so far all my professors seem interested and passionate about the material, which definitely helps motivate students to succeed.

3) Passionate students

Similar to number 2, all the ICS majors seem passionate and capable regarding CS, and it makes me want to up my game to keep up!

1) Opportunities to network and learn

I don't know about other majors, but it seems easy to find opportunities to network and learn.  There are many discord/slack groups that update you on different jobs/internship positions and professors are always helping students grow.

2) Exposure to new technologies

I'm mostly self taught in vanilla javascript, but speaking to students helped me find different frameworks and libraries that can help with my project.

3)Helpful students and professors

ICS students are very helpful and will explain things in detail.  Sometimes I find students can explain things better than my TA or professor regarding certain subjects (not that professors/ TAs are not helpful as well).

1. Intelligent and articulate Professors who are willing to help but not give out answers.

For me, having to grind through a problem and explain it myself is one of the reasons I'm in computer science. 

2. TA's that are incredibly helpful to talk to and aspire to be like. 

Many of the TA's I've had in the few classes I've had have been incredibly wonderful, understanding, helpful, and inspiring in my ICS journey. I aspire to be able to be like them.

3. Gerald Lau our Lord Hokage.

If any of you haven't had the pleasure of talking to Gerald yet he's a great man to have as the ICS advisor. Incredibly helpful and a fun guy to be around. 

1. The professors are experienced and interesting.

2. Learning practical and theoretical concepts.

3. The ICS space is cool.

1. Professors and counseling give a lot of information and insight into the tech/CS industry. On many certain topics that are discussed in class, the professors that I've had were able to give examples of how the topic we're talking about relates and how it's used in the real world. Makes it a lot easier to understand the topic, especially if it's theoretical when you have a real-world example you can compare it to. 
2. I really like the "flipped" classroom style some classes of mine used. I personally have a hard time taking notes and being able to completely focus on the lecture at the same time, so having screencasts that I can rewind back however many times I want is extremely helpful.
3. My ICS classes really push me to become a learner. The quizzes and group work really force and pressure you to understand the concepts.

1. Learning with many others in the field

2. Many good resources can be found online

3. Fun to problem solve (sometimes)

1) TAs who provide extra help outside of class by explaining the material in a different way or help guide you to solve a problem.

2) Job opportunities along with internships.

3) A lot of the learning material is available for the students online i.e. textbooks, lectures, screencasts, etc.. 

1) The difficulty of the classes is very helpful and challenging. Taking ICS 212 last semester took up a lot of time, but it helped me with my time management skills and my approach when it comes to projects.

2) Many of the professors that I have had so far were pretty open to questions from the students.

3) The student community on campus is really great. There is a lot of opportunity to learn in different clubs that you can join.



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