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Full Name: Akil Brooks.
Employment: Peer tutor, Macon State Academic Resource Center.
Degree Objective: Bachelor of science in information technology with a specialization in application development.
Class Rank: Senior.
Activities & Achievements: Member, Association of IT Students. He is the 2009 recipient of the David R. Adams Memorial Scholarship in Information Technology.
Career Goals: “I want to get involved in AI, simulations, HCI, or game programming (or all of them). I like implementing rules, logic, and order. I also think creating interactive storytelling media is awesome.”
He chose Macon State College because … “Macon State is close and affordable. Moreover, when I first began, I knew that I could quickly complete my undergraduate degree. I had originally wanted to go to a university out west, but it seemed wiser to start here.”
The one thing that surprised him about Macon State was … “I once thought that it would not offer some of the classes I wanted and that I would not meet anyone with similar passions or talents. On the contrary, I have completed a variety of great courses related to my specialization in my three years here. Furthermore, I have met many capable individuals who are working toward the same goals as me and who are just as determined and enthusiastic as I am.”
His favorite professor is … “Wow, that is a difficult question. I have met many people who definitely have influenced me even beyond what they taught in the courses I took from them. I cannot choose a single favorite professor.”
His favorite place to study is … “At home, although I occasionally haunt the second floor of the Library.”
One thing people don’t know about him is … “It is perfectly acceptable to approach me and inquire about such a thing.”
His friends make fun of him because … “I talk really fast when I am describing how to approach a problem when programming with someone. I basically state my thought processes aloud. In fact, I think I do this when discussing other subjects as well.”
The one person he’d most like to meet is … “This is also hard. However, the first person who came to mind was Hugh Glass, so I choose him. I suppose he could teach me how to survive the coming Bearocalypse.”
Five years from now he sees himself … “Working at a software development company or in a research facility.”