Park Ridge, Ill.
Computer Science — Game Development Concentration
Joseph Fudali ’26 always wanted to be involved in the creation of video games. Because of Carthage’s computer science major and game development concentration, he is able to make possible any idea he has for a website, game, program, or other electronic platform.
“The Carthage faculty have taught me that no matter if I’m at the top of the class or struggling with the first assignment, I can find success. Whenever I feel like giving up, I can go to them with my problems and get the help I need.”
“My favorite class at Carthage so far has been Intellectual Foundations. Professor Marla Polley was always a ball of joy and gave a clear view of how enthusiastic she was to teach us. In the class, I also made many new friends, who became some of the best people I know. Work-wise, the homework was thought-provoking and interesting.”
“My toughest class so far has been Discrete Structures. Taking a math class with more words than math was a rough adjustment. However, even though the work can be difficult, I have maintained my grade in the class with hard work and dedication.”
“I am involved in Carthage Activities Board (CAB) and Carthage Film Association (CFA) as an E-board member. For CFA, I make sure to send out emails reminding the members about events and meetings and send out meeting minutes. For CAB, I help performers out before their shows, create ideas for events and set them up, and decide the logistics for said events like food, time, prizes, etc. I am also a member of the Chinese Club, which I am somewhat active in.”
Internships or campus employment
“While not entirely related to computer science, I have an on-campus job as a member of the Firebirds Broadcast Crew. I have mostly manned the cameras this semester, making sure the output of the live stream or video goes smoothly. However, aspects such as graphics and replay are much closer to my major, interacting with an interface to change the video output.”
“After I graduate, I hope to be hired by a software development company after interning there during my later college years and eventually work at a game development company.”
“My favorite Carthage memory is going to Six Flags with my friends. Getting to scream your head off on a rollercoaster is awesome, and sharing that memory with friends is even better. Another favorite memory is winning bingo and hearing my friends cheer me on as I went to get my prize.”
“The biggest surprise so far is how little free time I have. Being a part of two E-boards, your workload is bound to get heavier, but adding a job and schoolwork on top of that makes your day filled with events, school, and friends. It may be a bit disappointing not to relax as much, but with all the fun experiences I’ve had, I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”
Advice for other students in your major?
“My advice for those who want to follow this path is to make sure to work hard and always ask for help if you’re struggling, as computer science is a very cooperative subject.”