By ANDREW THAGARD
Assistant News Editor
Students often remark that their time under the Dome goes by quickly, but for Dan Brunner the college years have passed by even faster. The computer science major will graduate with the class of 2003 after just three years at Notre Dame.
Brunner managed to shave a year off of his undergraduate education by taking a heavy load of advanced classes during high school. In total, he enrolled in 11 advanced placement courses that resulted in over 50 hours of college credit when he arrived at Notre Dame in the fall of 2000.
The large number of college credit hours afforded Brunner several options, including more leeway in his semester schedules and more choices in the classes he could take. He also had the possibility of declaring a second major. Brunner, however, opted to graduate early instead.
"I knew computer science was all I wanted to do," he said. "I wasn't interested in another field or another major."
But that doesn't mean that Brunner hasn't taken the time to enjoy his years at Notre Dame. The Knott Hall resident played interhall soccer.
Brunner said that his advisers were supportive of his decision.
He said that his parents were also pleased with the choice, especially because the early graduation will save the family over $30,000.
While he is happy with his decision, Brunner said he will miss his friends and the Notre Dame experience.
"I'm planning on coming back for all the football games next year and hanging out with my friends," he said.
Over the summer, Brunner will work for a small consulting firm in Cincinnati.
During the internship, he will primarily focus on designing web pages. Next fall, Brunner may continue to work for the same company full-time or search for a different job.
"I'm not sure what I'll be doing long-term but I've got the [internship] lined up for right now," he said.
All News Stories for Friday, July 11, 2003