Alumni

Paul Carrasco

Class of 1996

Paul attended Liberty University from 1992-1996 and majored in Computer Science. We asked him a few questions:

What was your most significant memory from your experience at Liberty?

Meeting my wife.

Where did you go to Graduate School and what did you major in?
I attended University of Phoenix, and I graduated with a Masters of Science in Computer Information Systems. I have been accepted to the Ph.D (Computer Science) program at Nova Southeastern University, and I am scheduled to start this coming September.

Did you feel well-prepared for Graduate School?
Yes.
Were you well-prepared for your first (real) job after graduation?
Up to a point. My first job was as a software engineer mainly doing programming in C++. The part in which I struggled a little bit was writing documentation (i.e. software requirements, technical documentation).
In terms of your profession, what are you doing today?
I am driving IT solutions for our Sales and Marketing departments at our company. I have a project leadership role. I still do some programming, but as I switched over to a more managerial role, it is beginning to diminish.
 
Do you feel that your time at Liberty helped strengthen your faith in Jesus Christ?
Definitely. The Christian emphasis in my education was very important to me.
 
If a young man or woman told you they were thinking of attending Liberty, what would you say?
The academics were good and the spiritual environment was a big plus.

Anderson de Farias Silva

Class of 2000

Anderson attended Liberty University from 1996-2000 and majored in Computer Science and minored in Mathematics. We asked him a few questions:

What was your most significant memory from your experience at Liberty?

My relationship with my advisor which I have until this day.

Where did you go to Graduate School and what did you major in?

University of Maine (Orono), Masters in Management Information System (Fall 2005)

Did you feel well-prepared for Graduate School?

Yes.

Were you well-prepared for your first (real) job after graduation?

Yes.

In terms of your profession, what are you doing today?

Release Engineer for open source company Red Hat, Inc. in Raleigh, NC

Do you feel that your time at Liberty helped strengthen your faith in Jesus Christ?

Through the relationship with my advisor and my boss (back in those days).

If a young man or woman told you they were thinking of attending Liberty, what would you say?

What I have said before, the place is not perfect, but I wouldn’t trade my experience there for a full scholarship to MIT.

Thuy Vu

Class of 2004

Thuy attended Liberty University from 2001-2004 and majored in Computer Science. We asked her a few questions:

What was your most significant memory from your experience at Liberty?

I don't have 1 most significant memory. Everything happened in those years are precious, including those sleepless nights. In CS particularly, Dr. Metzgar is the coolest professor :) Our class was awesome. Best wishes to you all:)

Where did you go to Graduate School and what did you major in?
I'm going to University of Michigan this coming Fall 2006. Major: Computer Science Engineering (M.S. first). Concentrate in Computer Network Security.

Were you well-prepared for your first (real) job after graduation?
Knowledge wise, I was prepared but I was and am still a baby in the industrial world. However, my experience at Liberty clothes me with great professionalism.
In terms of your profession, what are you doing today?
Last job title was Web Application Developer, but duty is more like Network & System Administrator. Currently, I join a friend opening a web hosting company www.prgmr.com. For whatever reason, if you need dedicated server, virtual server, domain name, online disk space... check us out.
 
Do you feel that your time at Liberty helped strengthen your faith in Jesus Christ?
Sure did :) I would have been lost otherwise.
 
If a young man or woman told you they were thinking of attending Liberty, what would you say?
Academically, Liberty is no less than other universities. But only at Liberty, you'll be surrounded with a loving God, caring professors, and cool friends.

Peter LaFosse

Class of 2005

Peter attended Liberty University from 2002-2005 and majored in Computer Science. We asked him a few questions:

What was your most significant memory from your experience at Liberty?

Its difficult to pick out the single most significant experience, but I would say meeting my roommate for the first time at liberty, we quickly became great friends and we still hang out to this day.

Where did you go to Graduate School and what did you major in?
Spring of 2006 I started Grad school pursuing a MS in CS at Florida Institute of Technology, because of a previous internship I was able to get a full scholarship and work as a teacher's assistant.

Did you feel well-prepared for Graduate School?
I felt very well prepared for my classes, I would even consider some of my classes easy compared to the classes at Liberty.

Were you well-prepared for your first (real) job after graduation?
Halfway through my first semester of Graduate school I was hired as a Software Engineer by SI Government Solutions (a company in Melbourne, FL which conducts software testing).
Yes, I feel that I was very well prepared, though I can attribute much of my preparedness due to my internship.
In terms of your profession, what are you doing today?
The company I work for is a government contractor so we work on many computer science related projects. I really can't say more than that.
 
Do you feel that your time at Liberty helped strengthen your faith in Jesus Christ?
Yes! I believe my faith has been very much strengthened through Liberty. Liberty provides a wonderful atmosphere for helping individuals to grow in their relationship with Jesus.
Yet it is still very much up to the student to use the that atmosphere to their own advantage
 
If a young man or woman told you they were thinking of attending Liberty, what would you say?
I would very much encourage them to go to Liberty. Liberty is a great school and I believe that any Christian can benefit from an education from LU. If they were planning on entering a computer science related field I would also highly recommend an internship.