Five minutes of fame: Programmer finds some time to unwind
Chris Webb: So, you’re a management information systems major. How do you like that?
Stella Katshungu: It’s pretty hard, but it’s OK. I like it.
Webb: That’s in the business school, right?
Katshungu: Technology school.
Webb: What do you like about it?
Katshungu: I like that you get to work with computers. There’s also a lot of programming.
Webb: You like programming?
Katshungu: Yeah, kind of. But not like Internet programming, like low-level kind of programming.
Webb: Oh, like Basic?
Webb: They still use Basic?
Katshungu: It’s not that Basic, it’s just that the level of programming is different from the engineering major.
Webb: How many years have you been here at UH?
Katshungu: Here at UH, just one year.
Webb: So, you transferred from somewhere?
Katshungu: Yeah, I transferred from HCC.
Webb: How was the adjustment? Was it difficult or fairly easy?
Katshungu: Actually, it’s still difficult.
Webb: Still difficult after a year?
Katshungu: Yeah, because I don’t have a lot of friends here.
Webb: You don’t have a lot of friends? Why not? Have you joined any organizations?
Katshungu: Um, not yet.
Webb: You should. Actually you need to be out there at the Cat’s Back at the University Center.
Katshungu: I didn’t know they had something like that.
Webb: Yeah, it’s going on right now. You should go check it out. They have a lot of organizations out there recruiting people and just talking to people.
Katshungu: I didn’t know that, actually. I’ve got a class at like seven today, so I’m just…
Webb: Well, you’ve got time.
Katshungu: Well, I’m just trying to relax.
Webb: OK. So, where are you from originally?
Katshungu: I’m from the Congo.
Webb: The Congo. Wow, that’s cool. When did you come to the United States?
Katshungu: 2003, so that was like five years ago.
Webb: You like Houston?
Katshungu: Yeah, I like Houston better. But when I came to the United States, I was in Kansas first. And, yeah, I really like Houston better.
Webb: What made you want to move from the Congo to here?
Katshungu: School. An education.
Webb: Well, thank you and good luck.