Quinones is majoring in Information Systems
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Being a scholar-athlete at Florida Tech takes an incredible amount of hard work and dedication to excel both in the classroom and on the field.
In this Scholar-Athlete Spotlight, we are featuring Panther baseball player Will Quinones, a junior who is majoring in Information Systems.
Hailing from Orange City, Florida, Will has been named to the Sunshine State Conference Commissioner’s and Florida Tech Athletic Director’s Honor Roll in each of his first two seasons at Tech.
Given the ever-changing worlds of Information Systems and technology are more in demand than ever before, we talked with Will about where he sees himself in the field after his time on the field.
■ What’s your major at Florida Tech and why did you choose this? Is it something that you’ve always wanted to do?
I’m an Information Systems major and I’ve been fascinated by computers ever since I was little. I’m always online, video gaming and whatnot. So, I was like what better to pick a major that I’m going to enjoy and use for the rest of my life?
■ What was it about Florida Tech that drew you here?
I really, really like how the beach is right there and it’s like a small-town vibe. Being able to see all your friends out together and not be packed everywhere. It’s a good feeling.
■ How do you plan to use your degree after graduation?
Hopefully, land a job in something cybersecurity related or IT work. I know there’s a big shortage of IT guys, so hopefully, I’ll land something there.
■ What are some of the exciting projects that you’ve been able to work on in classes here?
One big one that I actually enjoyed making was this blackjack project. It’s basically a C++ program language that you had to program a game of blackjack onto your computer, and have it spit out your cards and how many you received, what number they are, the ace, jack, and whatnot, and then it gives you your total number. If you bust over 21, then you lose.
■ Between practices, road trips, and the busy spring schedule, how do you keep everything balanced once the season starts?
We usually have one off day a week and I usually use that off day to get any schoolwork I have out of the way. We also have Sunday off too, so that helps. Midweek and Sunday off really is when I get all my work done and my leisure time.
■ How has being a collegiate athlete prepared you for what you’re doing now and what do you take from the field that you apply to your studies?
Yes, a big thing from baseball that is going to translate over is working in groups and teams. It taught me how to state what’s on your mind and hopefully, everybody, if they have something they disagree with, can speak out against it. Basically, just work as like a family.
■ What advice would you give to an athlete coming to Florida Tech that has an interest in Information Systems?
I’d say to them they should probably start early and look up CodingBat and start programming a little bit just to get their feet in the water before they get here because I didn’t know anything about it.
When I first got here, I was more on to the business side of it, but the coding aspect is really complicated if you don’t know what you’re getting into. So, I’d say that if you’re going to get into it, look at the training sites.
■ Has that changed your perspective? You talked about looking more at the business side. Do you feel now that you’ve gone through it, the idea of what appeals to you about your major has changed?
The business aspect is how parts work and whatnot and how you trade and how to sell a product. The information, the tech side, is why things work and the problem-solving if something fails in the system.
■ What have you enjoyed the most so far during your first season here at Florida Tech?
One thing that I really like here is how close I’ve become with my roommates and the guys on the team as well, I just feel really close. What I’m looking forward to this year is hopefully a natty!
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