Name: Brian Minter
High School: Hillgrove High School
College (Current or Future): Georgia College and State University
Major/Intended Major: Computer Science / Mathematics with a Teaching Concentration
Financial Aid Program: HOPE Scholarship
The Apple Worldwide Developer’s Conference took place this summer in San Francisco. Only 350 students were invited to attend, a list that included Georgia College senior Brian Minter thanks in part to the app he created.
CourseKeeper keeps track of your grades, produces a semester GPA and includes a Final Exam Calculator. Becoming a software developer in the greater Atlanta area is something Minter hopes to do after he graduates in December, something made easier by the HOPE Scholarship.
“The scholarship has eased the financial burden on my family which allowed me to stay focused on my studies,” said Minter, who learned about HOPE while at Hillgrove High School. “I've been able to avoid student loans and I'm in a good place financially as I enter the workforce.”
Entering the workforce is easier when you can show expertise within your field of choice and Minter offers an interesting way to do just that.
“After a couple years in school, try to get a job as a tutor or a supplemental instructor,” Minter said. “This helps you learn your subject matter even more and gives you more time to interact with your professors.”
Professors like Dr. Gita Phelps, who recognized Minter was interested in more than just getting a good grade, “but finding ways to use what he learns in real world applications.”
“(Minter) is such an inspiration to other computer science students,” Dr. Phelps said to Connection Magazine. “He has a thirst for knowledge and constantly challenges himself to do new things.”
Doing something new is another piece of advice Minter offers for students preparing to go to college and possibly use his CourseKeeper app.
“When you get to college, get as involved as you can. Join clubs you're interested in and talk to professors you'd like to work with,” Minter said. “This makes it easier to acclimate yourself to college and will open doors for you in the future.”