Computer Science, Japanese
Majoring in both computer science and Japanese at Carthage, Christian Aggari has excelled in both of his fields by becoming actively involved in each Department.
Christian is a member of Japanese Club and Tabletop Gaming Club and continues to participate in the annual Japanese Cultural Festival. “I knew I was going to have to commit myself to the major, and as a result I’ve become an active member of the Department.”
Through his work as a tutor and close relationships with faculty, Christian has remained just as active in the Computer Science Department. Professor Perry Kivolowitz has been especially helpful in Christian’s acadmeic career at Carthage. “He not only teaches the core concepts behind computer science, but teaches how to learn independently, which is essential for the field.”
After graduation, Christian hopes to use his skills modern language and computer science to find coding work abroad. He encourages potential Carthage students to focus on organization and exploration. “Don’t be afraid to try new things, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes either.”
“Winning the Japanese Modern Language Scholarship was the main reason I chose to go to Carthage. I have joined the Japanese Club e-board, participated in the Culture Festival, and continued to attend tutoring regularly. It seems like fate brought me to the right place!”
“I hope to utilize my unique skill sets in coding and language to find work programming abroad.”
How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?
“The heads of both the Japanese and Computer Science Departments. When I was applying for the MLA Scholarship, Professor Yan Wang made me feel welcome to the Carthage community. In addition to showing the job opportunities, Carthage alumni found after graduation, she showed just how dedicated she is to help me improve my fluency in Japanese. She is patient and concise when explaining concepts. She always expects us to try our best, but is forgiving when we make mistakes.”
“When it comes to teaching Computer Science, there’s no professor quite like Perry Kivolowitz. For a field that’s always evolving and changing, Prof. Kivolowitz manages to keep up and understand everything from back to front. He not only teaches the core concepts behind computer science, but teaches how to learn independently, which is essential for the field.”
“Surprisingly, I had a blast taking a letterpress J-Term course my freshmen year. It was a fun change of pace compared to my usual workload, and just goes to show the benefits of trying courses outside of your major. Exploring your creative side is just as important as your technical skills!”
“I definitely had a tough time adjusting to Web Development. As a J-Term course, I underestimated the material and how I should have paced myself when doing projects. Though I did not get as high of a grade as I’d like, I learned a valuable lesson in discipline and communication.”
“Winning the Japanese Modern Language Scholarship was the main reason I chose to go to Carthage. I knew I was going to have to commit myself to the major, and as a result, I’ve become an active member of the department. I have joined the Japanese Club e-board, participated in the Culture Festival, and continued to attend tutoring regularly. It seems like fate brought me to the right place!”
Favorite moments and memories at Carthage
“Helping make onigiri to sell at Homecoming. The rice balls are always a popular item, and making them during club meetings is always a good way to start off the year!”
Favorite spot on campus
“The Tower lounges are always a great place to study and play Smash Bros. with friends. Usually, I’m doing the latter.”
Biggest surprise so far
“How quickly my schedule fills up. If I didn’t have my daily planner I’d be a total mess.”
What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?
“At age 8 I was obsessed with building Legos and watching anime, so continuing to think technically through CS and exploring the other aspects of Japanese culture would definitely impress me as a child.”
Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?
“Start planning early and balance yourself responsibly.”
“Initially I was worried Carthage would not be a good fit for me, but it did not take long to find my niche and flourish academically and socially. Don’t be afraid to try new things, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes either.”