Sophomore Signing Day

Happy Thursday everyone! I hope that all of you manage to find some sunshine on this rather gloomy day. Two days ago, I was too mesmerized by the button I was promised to read the fine print and signed my life away to our department. If you haven’t already guessed, this blog post will be about all things Signing Day.

What is Signing Day?

Signing Day is an event for all second-year students to officially declare their majors. The ceremony is held in the DSU where the Sophomores sign their Departmental registry to denote their field of study. The best part is, every student gets a button that they get to pin on their backpacks to show off their declared major to the world. This year, 91% of PCSE Sophomores attended the event, and that is where I had the opportunity to speak with Adam Fendley and Sadie Rynestad.


What is your major and why?
Adam: “Computer Science! I used to be interested in studying video production until I took a Computer Science class in High School. I’m not a very artistic person, so I realized by writing code I could create things that did exactly what I envisioned in my head, something I always struggled with in video. I used that high school class as a starting point and started contributing to a lot of open source projects on GitHub, and that’s when I started to see just how awesome code is. Our society has been fundamentally changed from the automation and information availability that programming (and the Internet) affords, and I want to contribute to that.”
Sadie: “I am a Computer Engineering major! I have known since the 7th grade that I wanted to be an engineer but wasn’t sure what type. Once I got to CNU, I took a few computer classes and realized that Computer Engineering was the path that I wanted to take. I haven’t looked back since and I absolutely love it!”
A lot of schools don’t have a Signing Day, what do you think about CNU’s choice to have a specific day for students to “officially” declare their major?
Adam: “I enjoyed Signing Day. It’s awesome to be able to officially put your name down, shake the hands of the professors and department staff, and feel like you’re apart of the family. I’ve received so much support from the PCSE department, so that’s a great feeling.”
Sadie: “I think Signing Day is an amazing way for CNU students to verify that they are now stepping into a huge new chapter of their lives. It really puts the future in perspective because it’s right in our reach. I think other schools should have a Signing Day too, because although its a quick ceremony, it means a lot to the students.”

What was going through your mind and what was it like to sign your name?

Adam: “I have a really awful signature.”
Sadie: “It was a feeling of relief once I signed my name because it reminded me that I am on the right track to reach my goal.”
What was your favorite part about signing day?
Adam: “There was a live band and that was pretty rad. Also, props to whoever designed the PCSE button. That thing is legit. It was nice to see a bunch of familiar faces and be able to celebrate together!”
Sadie: “My favorite part about Signing Day was seeing everyone dressed up, being in such a beautiful place such as the ballroom and of course, the cookies.”
All I know is that the PCSE department designed the coolest button of them all. Hope to see everyone at Pizza My Mind today, which will be hosted by iDTech!

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