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CODING WITH PURPOSE

ANDREW. ENGINEERING.

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Andrew's Story


With his first app available to download from the app store, Andrew's coding career is off to a fast start. Find out more about his UC experience below.

To go from having no knowledge of coding to a point where I'm creating a full-scale app has been amazing.

The campus is tight knit and the halls are close by. It's effectively a university suburb. The facilities are state-of-the-art and there are so many new buildings coming up.

How did you get into software engineering?

I'd never done any coding before I came to UC. I took a paper called Introduction to Programming and thought it was fantastic. I've never looked back! Software engineering teaches you a new way of thinking and tackling life. I really want to use my skills for a greater purpose. I think software for change is such a cool thing.

What's the most exciting thing you've done in your studies?

My end of year project involved making a mobile app. To go from having no knowledge of coding to a point where I'm creating a full-scale app has been amazing. So much work is compacted into this little package, and I love being able to show it to my parents and friends.

Tell us about the app!

It's an organ donation management tool called Transcend Donation. It enables donors to choose what they want to donate, and doctors can check medical history because that can impact how organs can be used.

How has it been received?

It's gone really well. You can actually download it from the app store! I'm one of those people who loves practical learning. Now when I see other apps I think wow, I could do that!

What else have you been up to?

I'm on the Ensoc exec and I'm social events manager for CompSoc. I love bringing people together. I also do basketball and waterpolo. A lot of people think software engineers just hide out in their rooms firing out lines of code. We do work hard, but we love to socialise too!

Sounds positively well-balanced!

The clubs offer heaps of opportunities to get involved beyond your studies. UC is great because there are no friend group barriers or boundaries when you arrive. Everyone is so inclusive.

What do you think is UC's greatest strength?

The ability to bring people together. The campus is tight knit and the halls are close by. It's effectively a university suburb. The facilities are state-of-the-art and there are so many new buildings coming up. It's a bustling place with lots of energy. UC is on the rise, literally! I'm extremely proud to say I'm from UC.