Tyler Galske is a junior from Avon, CT majoring in computer science with a concentration in software development. He is minoring in information systems, information technology, and cybersecurity. In addition to academics, Tyler is involved with Autism Speaks and Marist Singers; he recently participated in the short-term study abroad program in the Dominican Republic for Spanish and technology students and finished a summer internship with ESPN working as a software engineer.
What made you decide to come to Marist?
It was the computer science and technology here. I went to an open house, it was a prospective student day for technology, and I was just really impressed with how they prepare us. There’s a whole list of technology companies former Marist students work at now. So my decision was mostly major based, but I also love the campus.
How did you choose your major?
In high school, I was messing around with an old desktop computer and figured out to how to deconstruct it and put it back together. Then I took some web design classes and fell in love with that. When I took my programming classes at Marist, my first professor was Matthew Johnson, and he pretty much sealed my choice for computer science and software development at Marist, because he was such a great professor.
What was your favorite part of the study abroad program in the Dominican Republic, either before or while you were actually there?
If I were to pick an hour of the day, it would be the snack time at the camp, or cleaning up at the end of the day, because you learn about the kids, what they do for fun at school. They’re in middle school, so you see boys on one side and girls on the other, it’s just funny to see that. And at the end of the day, it’s just us Marist students hanging out. We’re in the Dominican, we’re playing music, we’re wrapping up the end of the day, we’re looking forward to hanging out at night, it’s just really fun.
What was the most challenging part of your experience in the Dominican Republic and how did you overcome it?
There was a technological challenge where one of the schools had no internet. Our activity that day was internet based, so we had to come up with a new plan, with 20 minutes before the kids came in. Because some of these kids walked miles to school for a camp that was completely optional, we can’t let them down. It was our quick thinking and a good attitude that overcame the day's challenges!
Have you done any internships, if so, where?
I had a great experience at ESPN in Bristol, CT over the summer. My role was software engineer and production software engineering (PSC), meaning we write software that people in production use to make clips. Like if Aaron Judge hits a home run one night, they’re going to take that clip and modify and use some tools to push it to ESPN.com. One of my projects I worked on was testing database replication using Cassandra in a docker environment. This is cutting-edge technology that ESPN uses and it's part of an area where we could mess with it with few risks.
Were there any challenges?
I hit roadblocks like every hour! One thing I learned was the people I worked with, like my boss, had been doing this for like 20 years, and they've already seen it all before. As an intern, you get better at overcoming obstacles just by doing them over and over again. You can take as much schooling as you want, but an internship is just as important. Once you know the basics you really have to put yourself out there and get experience.
What advice do you have for high school juniors and seniors considering Marist?
For computer science students, don’t worry if you don’t have any previous experience because professors look for a good attitude and work ethic, they’ll teach you the rest. Curiosity will take you a long way here at Marist.
Written by Nicole Benedetto '18
Profile Tags:Profile Type: Class of 2019
Major: Computer Science
Academic School: Computer Science and Math
Campus: New York