Student Spotlight: Josh Longmire
Since he was a kid, Josh Longmire always loved science and always wanted to be a scientist.
“The biggest life-changing moment I can remember is when my dad first started showing me how to use a computer,” he said. “To me, it was love at first click. The big floppy discs, eight inches at the time, were magnificent treasures. I was so captivated that though each disc looked exactly the same, each held a different yet equally exciting and inspiring adventure. To a kid, it is magic to see a screen change with the click of a button or a change of disc. I try to always remember the beauty of the computer as I saw it then.”
After Longmire began working full-time, he was trying hard to save money and plan for the future. He began taking classes in Computer and Internetworking Technologies and Computer Information Systems at College of DuPage in order to gain instantly applicable knowledge.
Instead, he was enthralled by the endless possibilities of applied math and programming.
“I began to see of the true beauty of what a computer was and how each system works overall to create the vast connected infrastructure we have today,” he said. “To me, the Spock-like Boolean logic of the computer system is one of the greatest and most beautiful feats of engineering. That we can do so much with a simple 0 and 1 to me is just downright amazing.”
While at College of DuPage, Longmire has received a variety of scholarships to help pay for his education: the Troy Scholarship for Engineering, Naperville Rotary Charities Scholarship, Foundation Scholarship and Lillian Neale Campbell Scholarship.
“The scholarship program is the reason I am on the track I am on now. The tremendous work of the charities and scholarships at COD help students like myself beyond measure,” he said. “The coupling of this with access to a state-of-the-art facility with top-notch classes and faculty means any student can be properly prepared to move forward toward whatever future they can imagine.”
After earning his associate’s degree, Longmire plans to transfer and pursue a bachelor’s degree in computer science and hopefully a master’s and Ph.D., making him the first in his family to achieve all of these educational goals. He then would like to conduct research in information security.
He considers College of DuPage an ideal place to explore his interests while gaining the support to succeed both inside and outside the classroom.
“Before coming to COD, I wasn’t sure yet what I really wanted to do. Once I got here, I realized just how connected COD is, allowing me to either get a job quickly or prepare me to move on and get a degree,” he said. “Through an amazing set of faculty and mentors, I have found my purpose. The affordable prices, exceptional staff and flexible class times made it a perfect place for me to learn and create a better future for myself.
“I would tell others to be prepared to work hard and learn a lot. If you go in with a good attitude and keep it up day after day, you will be a successful student. By knowing yourself and planning accordingly, life can be very full and exciting. I love COD so much for giving me the time to explore my passions and have such a full and fulfilled life with such great hope for the future. As a result, I will try my hardest to shine a little light so that others can find hope at COD just as I have.”
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