A Day in the Life of Dylan Domenico: A Watson Engineering Student
Posted by Bridget Kunz on February 26, 2016
Binghamton University’s Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science (Watson, for short) offers five different undergraduate majors: Biomedical Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. One of the many great things about being an engineering student at Binghamton is that you get to take courses in different disciplines during your freshman year to help you figure out what specific major you want to pursue! Learn what it’s like to be a Watson student from one awesome engineer-to-be.
Name: Dylan Domenico
Hometown: Rochester, NY
Home at Binghamton: Dickinson Community, Rafuse Hall
Major: Computer Engineering
How did you choose your major?
"I came into the program thinking I wanted to do biomedical engineering. After taking some of the courses, I just realized I wasn’t digging the whole medical side of things, like chemistry and biology. I had more of an knack for the computer programs we were using, and I liked it more, so I made the switch!"
What clubs or organizations are you involved in?
"I wouldn’t necessarily call this a club, but I am working with a group of other students to brainstorm ideas for a startup. We are working under the Binghamton University Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships right now. We are trying to enhance the VR, or virtual reality, experience to be utilized beyond just video gaming. One idea we have is to create a virtual-reality headset that can be used in the classroom to take students on a virtual field trip. We have a lot of other ideas in the works, too."
Do you have any jobs or internships?
"I work at the John Arthur Cafe in the Fine Arts Building. This is my second year there. I am also an undergraduate course assistant in a Watson lab for freshmen. I basically am an extra resource for students in that course if they have questions or concerns."
What are your thoughts about your experiences at Binghamton so far?
"I’m really happy here. I think it’s because you can always try something new, like even start your own club. The main thing I like is that sense of limitless opportunity to do more. For example, one day I went over to the ITC (Innovative Technologies Complex) to explore and ended up speaking to a professor about his lab. Now I’m helping him to work on a database he is formulating. All I had to do was to ask if I could observe."
What is your favorite place to study on campus?
"This might sound weird, but I like studying in the MarketPlace. I get really bored when I study, so the hustle-and-bustle makes me more alert and focused somehow."
Where is your favorite place to get food?
"Moghul is probably my favorite station in the MarketPlace. I like Appalachian Dining Hall for the pasta station and because the Sodexo employee that runs it is the nicest woman ever."
What do you like to do for fun?
"I watch a lot of Netflix, for sure. Right now I’m watching Parks and Rec. I’m really into sitcoms. When my friends and I are feeling more adventurous, we will go to downtown Binghamton and explore all the cool shops around there. This one time we went into a store and found some cool knick-knacks and custom-bound notebooks. It was just a fun experience."
What does a typical day of the week look like for you?
7:40 a.m. - "My alarm goes off, I get up and shower. I usually have packed my bag the night before."
8 a.m. - "I grab breakfast from CIW Dining Hall and eat on my walk to work."
8:30 a.m. - "I go to work as an undergraduate course assistant in the Engineering Design Division on the ground floor of Bartle Library."
10:40 a.m. - "I work a shift at John Arthur Cafe in the Fine Arts Building."
Noon - "I’ll go back to my room and catch up on homework. I'll possibly nap or watch Netflix with my roommate."
2:50 p.m. - "I make my way from my dorm to the physics lab in Science II."
4:15 p.m. - "I trek to Mountainview for Physics Discussion right after lab."
6 p.m. - "I’m already up there, so I’ll eat at Appalachian Dining Hall with friends. I love the pasta station!"
7 p.m. - "I go back to my room, and do any remaining homework or hang out with friends."
11 p.m. - "I try to be good and go to bed, but I usually get distracted and end up talking with people on my floor until midnight or 1 a.m."
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