Parker Landon


Hometown: Medford, Oregon

What is something you wish everyone knew about your major? Computer Science is a notoriously challenging major, but I think we have the most fun. Our labs are take-home, and there's plenty of room for creative solutions. Besides, what's more magical than programming a computer to do what you want?

What are you excited for in your future career? In August, I'll begin working as a software engineer at Smartsheet. I'm thrilled to work alongside senior engineers solving complex problems and bringing meaningful features to the Smartsheet platform. I couldn't imagine a better environment to facilitate the beginning of my software engineering career and I can't wait to see how I learn and grow.

What advice do you have for incoming students? I encourage incoming students to be proactive about professional development and networking as soon as possible. Capitalize on all opportunities to make connections, find mentors, and stand out. Don't procrastinate setting yourself up for your post-college career.

How have you grown during your time at SPU? My time at SPU has encouraged me to grow in ways that extend far beyond learning in my majors. The liberal arts education I've received has stimulated my excitement and curiosity about a range of subjects. I've grown more confident, analytical, and well-rounded in my thinking, and I've made considerable strides towards my personal goals.