Kevin Rossell, ‘14, is a freshman at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California.
Q: What’s your favorite class?
A: Computer science. I like programming, and the professor is pretty cool.
Q: Did you program in high school?
A: No. I taught myself, and I placed into the highest level of computer science classes here.
Q: What’s the campus like?
A: The campus is definitely nice and usually clean, though not after parties and weekends. It’s pretty small and easy to get to classes.
Q: Are you participating in any extracurricular activities?
A: I’m on the ballroom dance team. A friend convinced me to try it this semester. I’m not good enough to get any better than how I am now, but it’s very interesting. It was fun for the semester.
Q: How’s the food?
A: I like it. Other people have mixed opinions about it. I don’t know why they don’t like it, but there is definitely a general complaint about it.
Q: What has surprised you about Harvey Mudd?
A: Some of the students are not as into school as I expected them to be. It’s really shocking. There are some very unintelligent people here, which is surprising considering how selective the school is.
Q: Do you interact with students at the other Claremont Colleges?
A: No. I always eat at the Harvey Mudd dining hall, and all my classes (Probability and Statistics, Special Relativity, computer science, chemistry, chemistry lab, and a literature course) are at Harvey Mudd.
Q: What has the highlight been of college so far?
A: The independence. I like being able to get up when I want to and go to class when I want to.
Q: Any advice for the class of ‘15?
A: Procrastinate on your homework by doing other homework. It’s a lot better than procrastinating by not doing anything. In college, you start to get homework that you actually enjoy. Procrastinate by doing that homework instead of the homework you don’t want to do.