Paul Tagliamonte is a senior Computer Science major from Wellesley, Massachusetts. “I chose John Carroll,” Paul says, “because it’s a well respected Jesuit school with an outstanding campus.” On his trip to Cleveland to take a look at JCU and the campus, Paul says he was “truly stunned. The people who attend John Carroll are extraordinarily nice, the classes are challenging, and the professors are unusually accommodating.”
Paul says he has been into computers his whole life, even starting programming before he could drive a car. He had several jobs as a programmer in high school, and Computer Science was a natural choice for him when he entered JCU. “I never second-guessed my choice of major in my four years here,” Paul says. He says that picking a favorite class is “like picking a favorite kid–you just can’t do it.” However, he did really enjoy the Software Engineering and Operating Systems classes. “It was great to dig into some of the nitty-gritty stuff.”
Last summer, Paul worked at the Boston College data center, doing UNIX server administration work. During the current school year, he works in the JCU Computer Science Lab, as a tutor through the Math and Computer Science Department. He especially enjoys that work, because “we get all kinds of students coming in for help, with questions ranging from the basics of programming to complex software design. It’s never the same thing twice, which makes things fun.”
Paul spends a good deal of his free time working on the free and open source software operating system Ubuntu. Having moved past basic support and patching, Paul is now involved with managing the Ubuntu community, and has been to the Ohio Linux Fest twice on behalf of Ubuntu, where he spent a good deal of his time staffing the Ubuntu booth. He also enjoys reading, skiing, playing bass guitar and accordion, and an occasional video game.
After graduation, Paul would like to get a job in software engineering, or in another area of computing that affords a certain amount of programming freedom. He especially likes designing back ends and APIs (application programming interfaces). Although he is not sure whether he will eventually go back to school for a master’s degree, Paul wants to begin his career right away–preferably in a company that “focuses on solving some really cool problems.”