Noah Benham

Computer Science, 2016
Hometown: Lawrence, KS
High School: Lawrence Free State High School
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What’s great about your major?

Computer Science has considerable flexibility and integration into all sorts of fields, ranging from programming and managing medical devices used in hospitals, to designing the chipsets used in NASA’s space exploration. I’ve always been ambitious and broad-minded about anything technology-related and Computer Science was a great fit for my interests, as it allows broad career potential and even flexibility between engineering fields.

Why was the KU School of Engineering the right choice for you?

I enjoy challenging myself, and I knew KU School of Engineering would provide exciting opportunities, as well as highly driven peers that would in turn keep me motivated. I love how KU simultaneously provides the benefits and diversity of a large university and the connections of a smaller one. I can walk through halls of the School of Engineering, and easily find my closest classmates and professors, or stride down Jayhawk Boulevard and discover the great diversity KU has to offer.

What do you want to do after graduation?

I’m currently interested in learning new technologies and empowering lay people who use them. Starting my own desktop support business as a high school sophomore has taught me how important it is to believe in and achieve my goals. I plan to advance my undergraduate education into graduate school education or a career in an engineering-related field.

What do you like most about KU?

Lawrence’s community! I grew up here in town, so there’s plenty of memories for me and little known treasures I can show college friends, whether it be a downtown restaurant or a relaxing spot at the lake. I love how easily I’ve been able to get involved with student organizations, athletics, and KU’s communities. Of course, I can’t forget games at Allen Fieldhouse. Rock Chalk!

What advice do you have for incoming freshmen?

Make time to connect with your living community – for me this was the Scholarship Halls (take advantage of this opportunity). College is a perfect time to reinvent yourself and step out of your comfort zone into new things. Try sailing (there’s a club for that), racecar driving (there’s a club for that, too), or studying abroad. Really get to know your faculty, professors, and classmates – you’ll have a lonely four years without them. Don’t hide at home the first few weeks of school – give yourself time to acclimate to KU and you’ll be glad you did.


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