SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — Who knew that playing games could lead to a career?
Aidan Casey, 17, a senior at Shawnee High School is hoping for a career in computer science.
“I’ve always been a very logical person, so I like when things make sense and if I tell it to do something it will do something unless I messed something up. When I’m programming, I always know it will be my fault if I wrote something and it doesn’t work. It’s not the computer’s fault. I’ve really like that aspect of it. Ever since I was little, I had a talent for it,” said Casey.
He also enjoys the fun aspects of computers.
“I’ve spent probably most of my free time either coding something or playing games or helping people with tech support. Last summer, I spent the summer at Carnegie Mellon University at their pre-college National High School Games Academy program, which was awesome. I coded a couple of games there,” said Casey.
His interest in gaming goes beyond PCs and consoles.
“I am president and founder of the Tabletop Club [at Shawnee High School] where we play board games every week. We play Dungeons and Dragons fairly often. We also play things like Risk, just about anything. As long as its a tabletop game, we’ll play it,” he said.
He’s hoping to attend Carnegie Melon University after graduating high school.
“I want to go to their Entertainment, Technology Center grad school, which is where my summer program was at and that was an incredible experience,” he said.
Casey is involved with the Quiz Bowl Team and he’s also a member of the National Honor Society at Shawnee High School.
He’s found the experience at Shawnee challenging.
“It’s a lot more academically rigorous than the other school I went to and I do really like that. I feel like I’m getting prepared for college a lot more than I would have at other schools,” Casey added.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.