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Student Unwilling to Code Excited to Spend Summer Working Exclusively in Excel


Photo by Robin Corps / CC BY-SA 2.0

Martin Turner (C ’21) has made the decision that coding is not for him. This realization struck him when, despite working for eight hours a day one day a week, he received his second failing grade on an assignment for CIS 110. Reportedly, Turner said that he could turn the grade around "if he really wanted to," but he didn't want to miss the drop deadline and risk trashing his GPA over Java. Also, yeah, okay, he had "literally never worked harder in his life than he did for that class." Not everyone is born with the innate ability to hack.

Although Martin happens to be one of the unlucky few to whom computer programming did not come easily, it hasn’t dampened his career prospects. In fact, he happens to have an internship at a Fortune 500 company. He says that he’s looking forward to spending three months poring over Excel spreadsheets. “This is the real data analysis,” says Martin. “You can find everything you need in an Excel ToolPak.”