Nick Zelei, Akron, OH – Computer Science

Learn more about Nick’s love for computer science and why he decided on UF…

Q: What is your name, major, and hometown?
A: Nick Zelei; computer science; Akron, Ohio

Q: What hands-on experiences have you had at Findlay?
A: I got the awesome opportunity to become a service technician at a new student-run business called 3C Computer Repairs. I was fortunate enough to start out as a technician when they were founded.

Q: Who has inspired you?
A: Professor Craig Gunnett. He taught most of my core classes, and he really gave me a deeper understanding of the material. I’m really able to get a deeper grasp of the content and gave me a deeper desire to branch out of the department and do work by myself, rather than class work.

Q: What appeals to you most about being in the computer science program?
A: After one computer science course, I was able to branch off and do my own projects. I was able to take that knowledge and apply it to other areas outside the classroom. That’s not something a lot of majors can offer.

Q: Outside of the classroom, what do you love to do?
A: I like to ride my bicycle, especially around campus. If you’ve lived here, you’ve probably seen me biking around. It’s fast paced, and you get to see a lot in a short amount of time.

Q: What is your advice for students making a college decision?
A: Definitely check the college out and get a feel for it. Call and schedule a tour. Go and see the campus. Meet some of the professors, if you can. Check out your department. You’ll never know if you like it or don’t if you don’t actually go see it. The college you choose will be the college for you, even if it wasn’t what you thought you were looking for. The college I chose was The University of Findlay. The experiences I’ve had here and the friends I’ve made are enough to last a lifetime.

Q: What do you love about being an Oiler?
A: I love the opportunities UF has for me. After spending a few years here, I was able to dig deep and find what UF really had to offer.
Since I’ve been here, I became involved with Residence Life, first as a resident assistant and then a resident director. I was able to help start off a new student-run business. For a summer internship, I created forms for The University of Findlay and automated a lot of forms and processes. Chance are, if you’re a student here, you’ve used something I’ve created. On top of that, I got an awesome internship at Marathon Petroleum.
I’ve been here for four years, and I wouldn’t trade my experiences and friends for anything.

Graduates have a more than 90% job placement rate. Our students are being placed with national and international companies like The Right Thing, Marathon Petroleum and GE Lighting.
Recognized by the State of Ohio as a Program of Innovation with five unique emphasis areas: business, Web and database, mathematics, computer systems and information assurance.
Undergraduate research opportunities with experienced faculty are available for students.

Students take a software engineering course in their senior year that provides extensive hands-on experience.
Our information assurance curriculum is certified by the Committee on National Security Systems and The National Security Agency. It is considered an elite program nationwide, meeting the National Training Standard for Information Systems Security Professionals.
More than 90% of our students land an internship with IT professionals in large and small businesses – 77% lead directly to employment at graduation.
Qualified computer science students have the opportunity to apply for the Choose Ohio First scholarship in addition to other institutional scholarships.