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Juan Candelaria Claborne Juan Candelaria Claborne

Juan Candelaria Claborne's Aztec Experience

Juan Candelaria Claborne hopes to one day work as a software engineer for a technology company.
By SDSU News Team

Name: Juan Candelaria Claborne
Major and minor: Computer science with a minor in interdisciplinary studies
Campus affiliations: Instructional Technology Services, Weber Honors College

1. Why did you choose to attend San Diego State University?

I decided to attend SDSU because of a career fair at my high school where I learned more about the university and met with a computer science professor at SDSU.

2. What inspired you to declare your major?

I decided to declare my major as computer science after speaking with computer science professor Patty Kraft at my high school career fair. I would not have considered coming to this school without her influence.

3. What is the best piece of advice you ever received?

The best advice I have ever received is "Don’t give up." This advice was given to me countless times, and I have come across several times when giving up seemed like the easy thing to do. But when I stuck with something even when it got hard, the payout was worth every bit of struggle.

4. Which SDSU faculty or staff member has been the most influential throughout your SDSU journey?

Kraft has been the most influential staff member throughout my time at SDSU. She has taught me important skills to use in my major and career, and she genuinely cares about her students.

5. What does student success mean to you?

Student success is simple: The only thing a student needs to do to be successful is have an impact on people in a positive way.

6. What experience at SDSU has changed your life the most?

Living in the dorms has changed my life the most. Meeting so many new people and being able to live with them for the school year has not only given me so many new friends, but has also opened up professional opportunities that I would not have had otherwise.

7. What has been your proudest achievement while at SDSU?

My proudest achievement would be the various coding projects that I’ve completed thanks in part to the knowledge I gained from the professors at SDSU.

8. Where do you see yourself in five years?

In five years, I see myself as a software engineer for a tech company in San Diego, hopefully doing something with machine learning.

9. What’s your favorite thing about SDSU?

My favorite part about SDSU is the sense of community that comes along with this university. There is strong alumni support, which really makes students feel like they are at home.