Graduate degree(s): I have a masters and a doctorate both in computer science. My dissertation evolved out of a class project and ultimately was put to use in part of my career at TACC.
Favorite class(es): Neural Networks and Cognitive Science
I started out pre-med / pre-law in college, but neither really took. I had played with computers in elementary and middle school, and I thought that no matter what, a degree in computer science would be useful. A friend in the dorms was CompSci, and I started taking classes with him.
Moving from college to career:
My undergraduate degree gave me the initial training and inspiration to pursue a graduate degree and my eventual career. After undergraduate, I spent two years with a dot-com startup, which gave me crucial insight into the business world and "real life". I then returned for graduate school and eventually took up a student job that turned into a full-time job at TACC.
I had a student job with TACC, and through my exposure there, I discovered that I could do the work I wanted to do in a positive, supportive environment with cutting-edge people and technology.