As a recent graduate of the Modeling and Simulations/Games track of Columbus State University’s (CSU) Computer Science Department, I was presented with many beneficial opportunities over my course of study. One opportunity was to learn about something that I feel passionately about, programming scenarios on a computer and letting the computer mimic the real world to see what happens- this known as Modeling and Simulation (M&S) in the professional world. CSU helped foster a sense of discovery as I was presented with numerous other opportunities dealing with M&S. I was invited to visit and represent CSU at a Southeastern games expo, the SIEGE Convention. This actually gave me an opportunity to learn about the games and M&S world from a professional viewpoint. What’s more, it was really fun to learn about more tools available to program fun (and some educational) games. I would say that the best opportunity I have ever been given at CSU was the chance to carry an internship at Ft. Benning, GA in the Maneuver Battle Lab (MBL). MBL runs battle simulations for the US Army. By doing experiments on a computer, we help save lives on the battlefield and possibly save money for the US Government at the same time. As a result of my hard work during the four month long internship, I was invited to temporarily replace someone. This temporary replacement has now become a permanent job. As a member of the data team, I am able to provide simulation integration programming support, since I had this experience during my internship. I have been getting paid for being surrounded by my passion for about 9 months now, and it feels great. I have not been compensated to say these things, I am just grateful for the opportunities I have been afforded.
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