Thaddaeus has participated in co-op assignments through research conducted here at UC in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computing Systems, and at Infinera, a network solutions company, located in the Silicon Valley of California.
Thaddaeus says his co-op experiences have provided him with a perspective that he doesn’t believe he would have gotten at another university. “When I’m on co-op, I can really remove myself from the ‘college lifestyle’ and evaluate what my role is in the world at large and how I can make that role exactly what I want it to be when I graduate,” he explains. “If I was in a traditional college program, I would just go through classes every day of every year, be surrounded by people doing the same old college things every day of every year, and be in a similar routine every day of every year. With the co-op program, I get to really connect with professionals in my field, meet new college students, be a ‘real adult’ in the ‘real world,’ and take a much needed break from college. By getting this perspective, I’ve become a much more aware and responsible college student.”
According to Thaddaeus, his most notable achievements lie outside of school work. “I think I’ve made the most impact and am most proud of my work in extracurricular activities. These clubs and organizations are the most important part of my education to me,” he said. “I’ve been able to improve the living conditions for Appalachian people living in Eastern Kentucky, really change the nature of organizations I have held executive positions in for years, as well as conduct healthy discussion on the social and political climate in Cincinnati through these student organizations, and mentor students through the Peer Leader program – these are the things that will stick with me forever.”