In April, data analytics major Brett Bejcek participated in Ohio State’s second annual DataFest, and, for the second time, was on a winning team. He is now completing a Data Science for Social Good Fellowship in Seattle.
Did DataFest help better prepare you for future endeavors?
It was wildly beneficial in helping me produce thoughtful insights from real-world data. Through a culture of collaboration, DataFest allowed students to knock down silos and build up partnerships. I will be able to apply the skills and concepts I learned at DataFest to real-world problems for future self and societal betterment.
Was it fun?
While 24 hours of no sleep and tons of data might not be everyone's cup of tea, I definitely recommend that students give it a shot. It was an extremely fun and rewarding experience. The people I met, the memories I made and the lessons I learned will definitely stay with me.
How did you get interested in data analytics?
During an internship I had with the Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, I fell in love with big data and all the unique insights you could draw from it. When Ohio State launched the new data analytics major, I immediately applied. Looking through the coursework, I felt like it was written just for me. It was the first program of its kind in the country, and I am forever grateful that Ohio State gave me this experience. I cannot imagine my college journey anywhere else.
Why did you choose Ohio State?
When looking at schools, I was looking for opportunity, a community filled with connection, a home. On my first campus visit, numerous students stopped and asked how my experience was going. They cared — and were the embodiment of who I wanted to be. I was accepted into Mount Leadership Society Scholars and met individuals who would become my best friends. Ohio State allowed me to be unapologetically myself, to experience life to the fullest, and it gave me unbounded love. Choosing Ohio State is without a doubt the best life choice I have ever made.