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From Rosenheim to Newport News

Hey there Captains! Hope everyone enjoyed their Fall Break and is ready to get back into the swing of things. Today’s blog post is about the foreign exchange students that CNU is hosting this semester. Florian Schauer and Johannes Muehlthaler are from Rosenheim, Germany and I had the opportunity to interview both of them about what it’s like to be a foreign exchange student here at CNU!

Johannes Muehlthaler and Florian Schauer

Johannes Muehlthaler and Florian Schauer

What classes are you taking this semester?

Florian: “I’m taking five classes this semester: CPSP 270 with Dr. Siochi, CPSC 427 with Dr. Perkins, CPSC 480 taught by Dr. Lamber, MATH 335 with Dr. Wrayno, and PHYS 341 taught by Dr. Brash.”

Johannes: “I’m taking four classes: PHYS 341 Design of Experiments, MATH 335 Applied Probability 1, CPSC 471 Applied Artificial Intelligence, CPSC 480 Software Design and Development.”

Which classes do you enjoy the most?

Florian: “It’s hard to say. Each class is different in its topics and the way it’s presented. However, if I had to choose I would pick PHYS 341 which is taught by Dr. Brash. I like his Canadian style.”

Johannes: “I have to agree with Florian on this one, PHYS 341 is my most enjoyable class this semester.”

Are the classes different here at CNU than what you’re used to back home?

Florian: “Definitely! First off, the sizes of the classes are smaller than at home. Another big difference is how everything is graded. In Rosenheim, we only have one shot on the final exam. The first two or three weeks at CNU, the system made me struggle a little bit, but now I’m used to it and I enjoy it more than at home. It keeps you working on the material and you have more than one chance to earn points for the final grade.”

Johannes: Yes, in Germany we got no homework or tests during the year. There is only one big final at the end of the semester, which is much different than here.”

How do you like the professors here?

Florian: “I like all of them. Within the first few weeks every professor knew the names of all the students. This makes my classes personal and it encourages me to go to office hours and ask questions.”

Johannes: Most of them are really good and know a lot about their classes. Some are confusing, but that’s the case here or in Germany.”

Do you have any plans after graduation?

Florian: “I’ll first write my bachelor thesis in fall/winter 2016. After doing such I wish to earn my master’s degree.”

Johannes: “Not as of right now.”

What will you tell your friends and family about your trip when you go home?

Florian: “Everything I accomplished and experienced, the differences between America – Germany as well pros and cons.”

Johannes: “I’ll tell them that it was really interesting, and that I learned a lot. Also, that I really enjoyed being part of the football team here at CNU.”

Have you had the chance to travel outside of campus yet?

Florian: “Not yet. Except necessary trips to Walmart. Without a car it is very hard to travel around. Maybe I‘ll make a trip over Thanksgiving. But I‘m staying at CNU for the spring term as well, so I have enough time to discover the landscape around me.”

Johannes: “Not really, I’ve only had the chance to go to some nearby restaurants.”

There you have it Captains, until next time!

Meet the Freshmen

Jon Hill, De'Shawn Maynard & Drake Cole

Jon Hill, De’Shawn Maynard & Drake Cole

A little over a week ago, I received an e-mail “From the desk of the President” and as I read about the class of 2019, an idea sparked. The e-mail read: “With an average high school GPA of 3.8, this is the strongest class to ever enter CNU. The SAT middle percent range is 1080-1230. The GPA middle 50 percent range is 3.5-4.0. That means 25 percent of the class has a high school GPA above 4.0 and an SAT above 1230.” Basically, these new freshmen bring some of brightest minds that CNU has ever seen. So I figured that it’s in our best interest to get to know them.

Starting off with the basics, what is your major and when did you know you wanted to be an engineer?

Jon: “I’m majoring in Computer Engineering and Computer Science. I knew I wanted to be an engineer while taking my STEM classes and programming classes in high school. I realized that creating applications and computer components was something I really enjoyed.”

De’Shawn: “As of right now I am majoring in Computer Engineering. I knew I wanted to be a Computer Engineer since I first started learning about computer hardware and building a computer. Since I was young, I always liked building things and tinkering around with whatever I was given in order to see what new things I could create. That is literally what an engineer does so I figured, why not?”

Drake: “My intended major is Electrical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science. I decided to become an engineer my junior year of high school when I was repairing some toy helicopters and their wiring when I found that I really enjoyed putting it back together.”

How does the content and workload of the classes compare with your high school classes?

Jon: “It has increased significantly but is manageable with a lot of late nights in the library and in my dorm room.”

De’Shawn: “The workload and difficulty of the classes are very similar to the AP courses I took in high school. However the responsibility and time management of college courses is substantially different from high school work.”

Drake: “It’s much higher and twice as difficult. However, I do enjoy the work more because it’s not just busy work like it was back in high school.”

What types of activities are you getting involved with outside of your classes and what are your expectations for your Freshman year?

Jon: “I am planning on joining the USA team and the Swimming club in the following semester. Expectations? I hope to keep solid grades within my classes and to try and explore new things to do around campus.”

De’Shawn: “I am trying to play Rugby, emphasis on the trying. Currently, I am struggling with managing my time between classes so I’ve decided to focus on them as of right now. The year has already been loads of fun and can only get better. I expect there to be lots and lots of stress this year, bug I also expect it to be a big learning curve and a great experience to look back on in the following years.”

Drake: “Currently, I have not joined any clubs or programs on campus. I honestly have no idea what to expect, I just hope to succeed and do well in all my classes and make great new friends along the way.”

Well there you have it Captains, a small peak into the talented minds of CNU’s class of 2019. That’s all for now, until next time!

Logging in!

Hey everyone, I would like to spend a few minutes today to introduce myself! My name is Geraldine Mirones and I’m PCSE’s new department blogger. I am currently a Sophomore and a Computer Engineering major here at CNU. I’m stoked to have been given the opportunity to write for you all and can’t wait to see what’s in store for the semester. I have a ton of ideas for future blog posts but am more than happy to take suggestions! You can e-mail me at with your ideas. That’s all for now, have a great weekend captains!