Jeremy Morris, 2015

Hometown: Port Jervis, NY
Major: Computer Science

“I feel grateful and lucky that I loved my major. I can see myself doing this for the rest of my life.”

Jeremy Morris knows all about hard work. He also knows that it pays off.

Jeremy worked full-time at Geek Squad for two years while he earned his degree full-time at St. Thomas Aquinas College. He also completed two internships while at STAC. The first one, at BLU RIVER marketing in Haverstraw, gave him experience in database administration, which set the stage for his internship at KPMG, where he got a taste of the life of a tech engineer.

“The internship with BLU RIVER was the first real tech job I had,” Jeremy says. “It definitely helped me get my second internship, where I did scripting. KPMG was a great stepping-stone. I liked being part of the software development environment.”

Jeremy says he was drawn to computer science when he was still in high school, where he had the opportunity to take computer graphics classes and learn HTML programming.

“The discipline seemed cool, and I liked computers,” Jeremy says of his decision to major in computer science. “At STAC, my professors were smart and opened my eyes to lots of different career paths. As I took more and more classes and then did my KPMG internship, I knew I wanted to be a software engineer.”

Now, as a software engineer at the venerable Raytheon, a technology company specializing in defense, civil government and cyber-security solutions, Jeremy spends his days coding, testing and improving software that helps U.S. military forces in the areas of intelligence and satellite technology. He says the job, which requires top security clearance, is “challenging, but fun.”

“My job is exactly what I want to be doing,” he says.

His advice to current and future computer science majors is to look at potential internship opportunities early on.

“Students should get working as soon as they can, even if it’s entry-level stuff. You have to work your way up and get hands-on experience,” Jeremy advises. “And make sure you do your research on the company before you interview.”

When he’s not working, Jeremy enjoys dabbling in application development and working out at the gym.