Q&A with Joshua Karbi

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Why did you choose Software Engineering? 
When I was in high school, I was lucky enough to be a part of my school’s Robotics Team which competed in the FIRST (2016) and VEX (2017) Robotics Competitions. Through my involvement in the club, I became fascinated with engineering and the things that teams were able to create in such short amounts of time. Also, I really enjoyed the math, physics, and computer science courses that I took in high school. Considering all of this, choosing engineering as my area of study was a natural decision.

Although I have not officially chosen my engineering discipline, I am hoping to enter the Software Engineering program. I really enjoy programming in C++ and Java, and am looking forward to being challenged in class and further developing my software development skillset.

Why Western Engineering?
There were a number of reasons why I chose to study at Western Engineering. For one, Western’s common first year program attracted me because I was not sure which discipline of engineering I wanted to enter. Also, both of my older sisters had studied at Western and they had told me that Western offers the perfect mix of social activities and amazing academic programs. On top of this, I have always had an interest in business. The opportunity to complete a dual-degree with the Ivey School of Business and Western Engineering is extremely unique amongst Canadian universities. Therefore after I was offered conditional admission into the Ivey HBA program, I knew I would be accepting Western Engineering’s offer of admission.  

Can you talk about your extracurricular activities at Western?
Since I came to Western, I have joined the WE MARS robotics team, where I hope to help the software team in programming our robot’s communications system. I also decided to join the Founder’s Network technology and business club. As a member of the club, I am planning on attending the Technology Consulting Case Competition later this school year and a variety of educational coding workshops. I would encourage all students to participate in at least one extracurricular activity at Western because it’s a great way to meet new people and grow your skills.

What was your orientation week experience like as a first-year student?
Orientation Week was awesome – especially for engineering students. All of us were welcomed into the tight-knit community of Western Engineering through activities such as Closing Ceremonies on UC Hill. I was able to meet people from different backgrounds, and ask the Engineering Sophs any questions I had about my upcoming classes.

How do you manage school-related stress?
I have found that the best way to manage school-related stress is to stay organized. As things come up, I write down in my agenda what I need to work on or study for, and how long I have to do so. Also, I think I am able to reduce the amount of stress I experience by giving myself some time to watch TV, and grab lunch with friends.

Best place to get coffee on campus?
Tim Horton’s at SEB (the Spencer Engineering Building)!

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