Well looks like everyone else introduced themselves, so I'll do the honorary thing in briefing myself.
I'm 21 years old; sophomore enrolled at Purdue University in Hammond, majoring in Distributed Enterprise Applications and Information Assurance & Security. They just changed my major from Software Engineering to that long title, though I did add the Information Assurance & Security part! I'm hoping when I graduate, companies will know what that means on my résumé.
At any rate, I've been introduced to a computer when my mother brought home a Tandy i386 SX (might have been a DX). That day has been a huge transformation in my life. I wanted to not only play with it, but I was so intrigued how it worked. What was inside it? How did it compute? Well, after few weeks my mom bought a DOS book... before she read it, I went through every command, the last one I tried was 'recover'. Whoops! Guess, I should have read that it formats the entire hard disk, lol. I started programming in QBASIC when I was 8, nothing fancy... just general stuff.
I wasn't very fortunate in high school, though it was ranked high for academia. In school they had no programming classes and I never really had time to read programming books. During my senior year, they added “Intro to Programming (VB 6.0)” as an elective. Of course I signed up for it, but the whole class was a joke. I ended up making presentations for the class as the teacher played games!! I used that time to read... and became a bit more informed with programming in VB 6.0.
At my first college, Saint Joseph's, I learned Java... which I learned very quickly and my professor was very interested in the passion I possessed, but since it was “Intro to Java”, I keep on 'stopping'. It's kind of aggravating... but now I'm at Purdue, this fall I'll be learning C++. Will I ever learn an entire language!!!! Grrrrr (knowingly I will, just frustrating right now)
Any who, all I know is that my passion is technology. I constantly research and love doing it. It's something that's changed my entire life, since 8. I think back to others, who aren't sure what they wanna major in... or what they wanna do with their life.
Well I better stop talking, otherwise people won't read this... unless you stopped at the first sentence, lol
If you did read this, bravo! You surprised me... any way, it's a pleasure to be a 'niner', I love all the work that goes on here.