Danilo Symonette, 20, of Waldorf earned an associate degree in computer science. His favorite professor at CSM was Dick Whalen. “He’s really cool and understanding,” Symonette said. Whalen worked hard to make sure all his students really understood the material, Symonette said.
While at CSM, he and another computer science student, Enzo Walker, started the Design and Development Club, where students can work together to create computer games. Symonette also worked at the college as a student assistant with the IT department at the Help Desk, responding to technical problems reported by faculty, staff and students.
Symonette expects these real-world experiences at CSM to be a boost as he continues his education at UMBC this fall and then pursues his goal of becoming a software developer and maybe a part of a start-up business.