Wilson Hack

Interdisciplinary Computing - Astronomy, 2017
Hometown: Lawrence, KS
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What’s great about your major?

Astronomy is fascinating, and computer science is incredibly powerful.  So what happens when you combine the two?  The result is an opportunity to unlock the most elusive secrets of the universe and study the unbelievable complexity that surrounds our planet – all in one degree.

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

After growing up in Lawrence, I knew it would be difficult to go to school anywhere other than KU.  I mistakenly believed before learning about the School of Engineering that you needed to attend an Ivy League school to receive an excellent engineering education.  I was laughably wrong, and the combination of quality and affordability here at KU is nearly impossible to beat.

What do you want to do after graduation?

Ideally, I will be in the early stages of my first venture as an entrepreneur.  However, I absolutely love both finance and astronomy, so I may decide to gain a few years of industry experience and save as much money as possible before starting my company.

What do you like most about KU?

Help is everywhere.  Whether it comes from a student or a faculty member, the advice and assistance available to students here at KU is not only valuable, but always in your best interest.

What advice do you have for incoming freshmen?

Ask questions, and, more specifically, find a mentor.  It is important to be independent and learn how to solve most of your problems on your own during college, but a mentor can be an invaluable source of support throughout your career at KU.  Also, join at least one organization that sounds interesting to you.  


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