Professional Development

I have not attended any conferences this year, but it has been a huge year in terms of my own professional development. I took MANG 391 with Professor Carey, which helped me greatly to learn how to act both in and out of the workplace. The biggest thing that I did in that class that is still impacting me was creating a LinkedIn profile that I still actively use and update. Professor Carey helped me with many skills, and I believe that had I not taken this class with her, I would not have the internship I do for the summer. I have attached a link to my LinkedIn profile that shows how I have developed as a professional this year.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/woodruffgb/

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Cyber Security 1 Enhancement

In the fall of 2020, the first semester of my junior year, I took ISCS 376: Cyber Security 1. This was the first upper level class of my concentration that I took, so I was very excited about it. Through it, I learned a lot and was always very excited for every class. I learned about many types of security and how to apply them, as well as about some historical attacks on companies that we can now learn from. I chose to work with Dr. Poe on my enhancement, and I wrote a paper about Denial of Service attacks, how they are caused, and how to prevent them in the future. This entire class very much set the stage for the internship I will be doing this summer, as well as set the tone for my major, which I am very excited for after taking this class. Attached to this I have included the paper I wrote for this class.

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Cities as Text

In the fall 2019 semester, I took the HONS 295 Cities as Text course studying Pittsburgh, which ultimately culminated in a trip to Pittsburgh. This class was an amazing class, from the start of it until the very end of the trip. Even still, I get pictures that pop up on my social media and my photos app on my phone from this trip, reminding me how amazing of an experience it was and what I learned from that class. In this class, I learned how to learn not only from text and from professors, but also how to learn from the environment that I am in. We worked together and just set out in the city to learn about the place, people, and culture of the area, with little to no restrictions in place. We went roughly where we wanted, talked to who we wanted to talk to, and ate where we wanted to eat. It was a very good learning experience, and I don’t think I’ll be able to travel in the same way again. I was very lucky to take this trip when I did, as I took it the semester before COVID hit and all travel was stopped. Looking back on it now, I don’t think there was a better class I could have taken for Honors and I am glad I got the opportunity to go on this trip.

This paper that I am attaching to this post was what I wrote up after the first day we were in Pittsburgh, as well as a hand drawn map of where my group went during the day and what we saw. While it was just our starting point, and is not the best written essay in the world, it was a good insight to how I was feeling then about where we were and what we were doing.

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Quantitative/Scientific Perspectives

For this perspectives level course, I took MATH 307: Intro to Game Theory with Dr. Wears. Going into this class, it was not at all what I expected it to be, but it ended up being a very interesting class nonetheless. I expected it to be about games in the sense that many people now talk about games, whether that is board games or video games. Instead it was about the mathematical theory of games, which was very interesting. It ended up benefiting me greatly, as many of these games are used in business decisions to help along with figuring out what makes sense, and in international economics to see benefits vs drawbacks of trade. This class not only interested me from the start, but also has helped me in my new major with some of the major classes I am taking now.

I have included a PowerPoint I made and used in that class, and although it does not make much sense on its own, I will provide some context here. This project was about the correlation between a monetary incentive and the actual productivity of workers. This correlation is discussed briefly in the PowerPoint, and I discussed it in much more detail in a presentation in the class. It was a cool subject that did not yield the results I expected, and all are summarized in the PowerPoint.

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Letter to Senior Self

Senior Self,

I hope you’re doing well with everything. Kinda seems like senior year is super far off, even though I know it isn’t really all that far away. Hopefully you’re still in the Honors College reading this, the money is really helpful. Considering the fact that I’m thinking about changing my major right now, I really wonder if you’re still a cmsc major or if that changed, and if so, what it changed to. I hope you’re still in Ambassadors, giving tours is by far the best thing right now for me. I’m still working on the American Rover (I say this because I’m writing it during summer), which I realize is probably the best job I’ll ever have, so hopefully that’s still going for you. I hope you are doing well with mental health, I realize that it’s sometimes a struggle for you. I hope you had a wonderful college experience, and maybe you remember writing this, maybe not. Good luck in anything you do after college, whether that be grad school or a job.

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Historical & Contemporary or Behavioral & Social Perspectives

This was the second honors course that I took here at Longwood. This was the Honors Special Topic class titled Love, Sex, and Friendship. This was mainly a philosophy class focused around the different kinds of love and friendship, as well as why people see things the way they do. There was a lot of interesting things brought up in this class, such as ancient philosophy on why humans love who they do and what the purpose of it all is. The paper that is attached was an essay I wrote about how social media today influences friendships, and whether or not it makes them better and stronger or weaker.

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Scientific Reasoning Pillar

During the spring 2019 term, I took Psychology 101. This class taught me a lot of interesting and important things, such as the scientific method of reasoning, as well as a lot of actual knowledge about the brain and how humans work. The paper that is attached was an analysis of a study that was conducted several years ago.

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Global Citizenship Pillar

I took this pillar in the spring 2019 term. I had the option between taking either a 100 level language course or the one that I did, Political Science 200: Global Politics. This was probably one of the most interesting classes I’ve ever taken, albeit one of the hardest. We talked about the governments of many different countries, and how the history of these countries has influenced how that government operates today. The paper that is attached was part of my final exam for that class, we had to write a paper on gender inequality in the Middle East and Africa.

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World Languages Perspectives

I ended up taking a perspective level class during the fall 2018 term, as I had tested into a higher level of German than the pillar class would have been. I was very nervous about jumping back into such a high level of German after not having took it since junior year in high school, but I am very glad I did. It was the best class I’ve taken in college so far, largely due to the professor, Dr. Varela. I ended up becoming very close with her, and still go to her office hours to chat with her even after I am no longer taking a class with her. This is really something that I value about Longwood, is that this student-faculty relationship is possible, as class sizes are pretty small even for intro level stuff. The attached assignment from this class is about Christmas food, it’s in German, but it basically talks about different types of food that germans would typically eat around the Christmas time.

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Aesthetic Expressions

For this pillar, I took Theatre 101: Issues in Theatre during the fall 2018 term. This was the first theatre class I had ever taken (including in high school), so it was a heck of an experience. I had to learn everything from scratch basically (that is what 101 classes are for though), which was both fun and challenging. The class was worth it, I had a lot of fun not only learning about theatre, but also going to two different shows put on by Longwood, as well as making my own children’s theatre show. I would attach the script of the show to this post, but I don’t have it anymore, I think it got lost in the depths of the spring semester. What’s attached though is a reaction to one of the shows I went to go see that Longwood put on, a show called No Exit. It was a good show, and it was completely student lead and run.

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