6-1 Interview with Thilani D. Bogoda


Thilani Bogoda, VI-A and Course 6-1 student in the MIT EECS Department.

What were your interests as a high school student and how did you come to choose Course 6 when you came to MIT?

I enjoyed my high school math and physics classes especially electromagnetics and circuits. But I had very little exposure to anything to do with computer science. I came to MIT wanting to explore more of CS so I settled on course 6-2.

Once you decided to major in Course 6, what then led you to choose 6-2?

I declared 6-2 in my freshman year because I was undecided between CS and EE. Then I took 6.002 (Circuits and Electronics) and fell in love with analog circuits and haven't looked back since.

What are the aspects of 6-x you liked the best and how have you found your interests grow or change as you've gone on?

6-1 classes focus on hands-on learning and teach you how to intuitively understand concepts. (The best part about circuit classes is when the instructor teaches you some neat tricks to figure out a complicated circuit). 6-1 lab classes are fantastic: the classes ARE time consuming but definitely very rewarding.

Where do you envision yourself headed next and how do you think 6-x has prepared you?

After graduating, I'm planning to work in the industry. I think the 6-A program(which I'm a part of) has helped me to make the transition from academia to industry a smooth one. 6-A program gives the opportunity to explore the EECS industry for undergraduates.