Name: Katie Hegarty
- Education: Senior Computer Science Student at Southern Methodist University Hometown: Aztec, NM
- Target Audience: Elementary School, Middle School, and High School
Are you interested in sports and engineering? Well, you can definitely succeed at both! Katie is a senior at Southern Methodist University who balances Volleyball and Computer Science!
Why did you choose your major? Did you always know this is what you wanted to do?
I knew that there weren't a lot of women in Technology, and it would be a great field to get into. I also really liked problem solving, so I knew it was a good fit for me. I actually came in as an electrical engineering major, but I took Intro to Java during my freshman year, and I loved it. I switched over to Computer Science, and I've loved it ever since!
What is your main role on your team?
As a senior this year, I'm definitely a voice on the court. It's important that I bring a calming energy, and stay very positive and upbeat!
What does your average day look like? (Class, practice, games, etc.)
I have 5 to 6 hours of volleyball a day - that consists of treatments, practice, weights, workouts, and film. I have 3 to 4 hours of classes, and a handful of hours for homework and team meetings.
My dream when I retire is to become a baker - I loved my Home Ec class! I loved my maths and sciences, but Home Ec was so fun and different because it switched things up.
Are you a first generation college student?
No - both of my parents went to college!
When did you start playing volleyball?
Forever ago = I started playing informal volleyball in 6th grade, and my mom had played before me. I didn’t get serious about it until sophomore in high school.
What's a fun fact about you?
I am actually a crazy cat lady! I live alone with my cat right now, and I’m trying to get my mom to let me have another cat!