CS373 Spring 2022: Elliot Sims

Hi to everyone reading this! My name is Elliot Sims, and let me tell you a little bit about myself…

Where did you grow up?

I grew up north of Houston, Texas in the Lake Conroe area. My hometown is Montgomery, which is the birthplace of the Texas flag!

What high school did you attend?

I attended Montgomery High School. Prior to high school, I attended a small Catholic school in downtown Conroe, so it was quite a transition as my class size grew by 800 people! However, I loved how busy the school was (minus the extremely crowded hallways).

What was your favorite extracurricular activity in high school?

Soccer was my sport. I competed all four years, and although we were not that talented, it was a blast to have fun with my team. I still miss the hour long away-game drives on the bus.

Why did you come to UT?

Everyone in my family went to UT. I did not want to be left out! I also consider this university to be the most “bang-for-your-buck” option for me. Lastly, I was hoping to see a winning football team, but so far, no luck!

Why are you majoring in CS?

When I was a senior in high school, I had zero clue what I wanted my future career to be. Then my uncle laid down some words of wisdom: “Do computer stuff.” I took his advice and signed up for a major I had no experience in nor did I even know what the major entailed. However, over the last three years, I discovered that I love this major, which makes me thankful everyday!

Why are you in this class?

The main reason I am in this class is because I heard this class prepares you. The scariest part about college is that you transition into the “real” world of adults. Therefore, I will take all the preparation I can get.

What are your expectations of this class?

I am hoping to end the semester with better knowledge of SWE. With new skills and experiences in this field, hopefully I become more prepared for a future career.

How much Javascript/Python/SQL/Web programming do you already know?

I have created very simple web apps using React, Bootstrap, Node, Flask, etc. Therefore, I am not entirely new to web programming, but I still consider myself a newbie. I am most comfortable with Python and least comfortable with SQL.

How did you like the first lectures?

I really enjoyed the first lecture, since we discussed a technology that I could see being very applicable in the future. I remember the pain of repeatedly installing/setting-up software for different projects, and Docker seems like a simple answer for this issue.

How did you feel about the cold calling?

Although cold calling is awkward, the professor handles it in a respectable manner. It also keeps the students engaged in the lecture, which is hugely important.

What made you happy this week?

I ate a plate of Hawaiian Bros a few days ago. I highly recommend this place. Their menu is not big, but their food is delicious, and the portion sizes are huge!

What’s your pick-of-the-week or tip-of-the-week?

My tip-of-the-week is for CS students. Everyone knows about Leetcode, but did you know about their “student group buying event”? It is not available currently, but if you have 50 or more students, you can buy Leetcode premium for 99$/yr. This really helped me this last year.




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