My second year at McGill is even more exciting than the first

Winter 2014

Michael Kourlas

Schulich Leader at McGill University

My second year at McGill is shaping up to be even more exciting than the first, especially now that I've decided to switch majors from electrical engineering to computer engineering, and to add a minor in software engineering. (I'm hoping I'll be able to finish the program without adding an extra semester, thanks to my IB transfer credit.)

This semester, I had the pleasure of taking some more specialized computer engineering courses, such as Electric Circuits and Ordinary Differential Equations for Engineers. They were challenging yet fascinating; I'm now more certain than ever that computer engineering is the right path for me. I also had the opportunity to participate in McGill Code Jam, an annual programming competition in which my team came in 3rd place this year.

The Newman Centre has quickly become a very significant part of my life. After leaving Douglas Hall, one of McGill's official residences, I applied and was accepted to the men's residence at the Newman Centre, the Catholic chaplaincy at McGill. Living in a Catholic community is absolutely wonderful, and I've made many new friends. It's certainly preferable to living on one's own! I also took up the position of VP Finance of the Newman Students' Society, the Catholic student association at McGill, and I continue to serve as the VP Finance of Choose Life and as a board member of Conservative McGill.

As always, I'm looking forward to heading back to McGill in early January. Next semester promises to be very interesting, with courses like Introduction to Software Engineering and Computer Engineering. See you in April!