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If you’re a high schooler dreaming of life as a computer scientist, you might be wondering how to ready yourself for the challenges and opportunities that await you at DigiPen. Don’t stress! Instead, prepare like a pro by reading over our instructor’s biggest tips for those eyeing DigiPen’s BS in Computer Science in Real-Time Interactive Simulation program. Get ready to level up your game!

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1. Learn the Basics of Computer Programming

Start building a strong foundation in computer programming early on. Whether through high school classes or online tutorials, familiarizing yourself with the fundamentals of programming is invaluable. Experiment with building websites using HTML and JavaScript, or dive into simple programming projects in Python. As a fun challenge, you might even try creating a basic 2D video game using engines like Unity. Gaining exposure to programming logic and syntax will prepare your mind for the concepts you’ll encounter at DigiPen.

2. Strengthen Your Mathematical Skills

DigiPen’s computer science degree focuses on real-time applications like video games, which demand a strong foundation in mathematics and physics. While these subjects will be covered during the degree program, it is advisable to enhance your mathematical proficiency during high school. Consider selecting a study track that emphasizes math and physics, such as a technical Baccalaureate, to set yourself up for success in the future. Engaging in research, participating in workshops, seeking guidance from professionals, or offering tutoring services can deepen your knowledge and passion for these subjects. Getting involved in this way can bolster your college applications, showcasing your dedication and commitment to the field.

3. Foster Your STEM Passion

If you’re gearing up for a computer science degree in college, it’s essential to strengthen your STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) skills during your high school years. Computer science, a vital part of STEM, relies on a solid foundation of mathematics and problem-solving abilities. To get ready for your computer science adventure, consider taking advanced STEM courses and engaging in extracurricular activities that delve into these subjects. Joining computer science clubs, participating in coding competitions, or seeking mentorship from experienced tech professionals can significantly enhance your knowledge and passion for this field. Beyond the academic benefits, excelling in STEM during high school can fortify your college application, demonstrating your commitment to computer science and your readiness for the rigorous academic path that lies ahead.

Regardless of what you do to prepare for DigiPen, the more important skill of any professional in the world of technology is an unending curiosity and a constant thirst for learning new things.”

Thomas Komair

Dean of Academic Affairs

By following these tips you’ll be well-equipped to take on the challenges and opportunities that await you in DigiPen’s computer science program. Preparing in advance will not only strengthen your academic foundation but also foster your passion for technology. DigiPen Europe-Bilbao also offers a range of summer courses focusing on technology, programming, and video games that can fast-forward your skills and understanding of the profession.

As you submit your application for the degree, make sure to include these achievements in your portfolio. If you’re interested in additional tips or if you’re curious about how DigiPen can assist you in becoming a skilled computer scientist, please reach out to us by WhatsApp. We are enthusiastic about supporting you on your journey towards a fulfilling career in the field of computer science.