For David Khazzam, one of the great joys of university was getting to do a little bit of everything.
David is this year’s recipient of the Faculty of Mathematics K. D. Fryer Gold Medal, an honour given to a student who exemplifies academic excellence, good citizenship, and involvement in extracurricular activities. He graduates this Friday with a Bachelor of Computer Science degree.
In high school, David attended an International Baccalaureate school, which “encouraged me to always be curious — something which I feel has very much shaped how I approach life,” he says.
He excelled in math in high school, and enjoyed the couple of computer science courses he took, thus he decided to study computer science at Waterloo. “I like that there are so many different opportunities in the field, and how new types of roles are constantly being invented,” he says. “The field is changing so quickly, leading to so much ground-breaking work being done.”
He got to be on the forefront of that rapidly changing field during his two internships at Google. “That had been a dream of mine for over a decade,” he says. “It was the cherry on top to be able to work in the Googleplex, with a desk right under the Google sign!”