Hometown: Cordoba, Spain
"Being a part of the School is fantastic. You get to learn about every area of computing, including: building hardware, data structure, algorithms, artificial intelligence, and design." - Jose Salvatierra
“When I was still at school in Spain, I was taught by a Scottish teacher who told me that Dundee was the sunniest city in Scotland and a great place to live.
“After doing some research I found out that the University of Dundee was highly ranked for courses in Computing. I also knew that the Scottish Government provided some funding, so deciding to study here was an easy decision.
“When I first arrived on campus I was surprised by how small it is but this is definitely an advantage. In my first year I stayed nearby in student accommodation at Heathfield. This was great because I could practically roll out of bed and into the lecture hall. Dundee is a lovely city and as my teacher promised, it’s not too rainy.”
“I’ve been interested in programming from an early age. When I was much younger, my dad started teaching me about the basics of programming which is where my passion for it comes from. I was originally enrolled to study Computer Science at the University of Dundee but after I arrived I realised that the Applied Computing course was better suited to me. It’s much more focused on programming which is what I really wanted to spend my time doing.
“Being a part of the School is fantastic. You get to learn about every area of computing, including: building hardware, data structure, algorithms, artificial intelligence, and design. One of the highlights of the BSc Applied Computing course was a project that involved building a printer that creates braille for blind people. This course is also really good because there are great opportunities to do summer internships and gain work experience. I interned at a company in Guildford last year and this summer I’ll be interning at Skyscanner in Glasgow.
“In addition to studying, I’ve been doing some teaching. I’ve tutored first year students at the University which gave me the idea to been providing computing tuition on a global scale, through an online course that I created and released.
“The course is called ‘Computer Science for Everyone’ and it offers users an introduction to many of the important elements of Computing Science. The course is featured on the Udemy platform and it includes a number of instructional videos for users to follow. It’s attracted several hundred followers which I am very pleased about. I’m not sure how many more online courses I plan on setting up but after graduation I see myself working at a big data or site server company.
“I am definitely a programmer at heart. What I love about programming is that it gives you the ability to start with nothing but go on to create anything. I sometimes think that when an architect constructs a building they may be limited by the type of material that they are working with, or even the laws of physics, but with programming it feels like the only possible limitation is your own imagination.”
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