As a transfer student, Gerald Smith came to CMU ready to make his mark on campus. He knew that he was interested computer science and cybersecurity, and after finding a job in the Office of Information Technology, his passion only grew.
Gerald immediately jumped into life on campus, getting involved in a variety of organizations and volunteering as a mentor for IMPACT, a program promoting multicultural student success.
He also got the opportunity to become a founding member of CMU's Cybersecurity Club and this year serves as the group's president.
The new challenges and opportunities are what keeps Gerald excited about the subject and invested in the group, he said.
"Doing the best I can and learning as much as possible is what makes me so passionate about it."
He had always been interested in the logistics of computer science and was intrigued with the learning how computers worked. Upon doing further research, he discovered his interests would be well suited to a career in cybersecurity.
One of his favorite things about CMU, Gerald said, is the variety of opportunities he's had for hands-on experience in his field. In addition to completing an internship and working in the Office of Information Technology on campus, he also has the opportunity to learn from and work alongside CMU's chief information security officer.
Above all, said Gerald, his favorite thing about life at Central is the people that make it home.
"I love that you can walk up to almost anyone on this campus and get a conversation going with them. The community is great."