Chad McKenna

Geek of the Week: Chad McKenna, Junior, Computer Science

Chad McKenna, RA for Weaver Tower East, Computer Science major, and professional geek. Hailing from Parker, Colorado, McKenna is a local student and plans to graduate in the spring of 2012. Surprisingly, McKenna actually has a life aside from routine bathroom checks & bimonthly health inspections and enjoys the Rocky Mountains as much as any true Colorado native can. However, McKenna still expresses the proper characteristics of any Colorado School of Mines geek.

What is your definition of a geek?
Well, according Webster’s dictionary, a Geek is a carnival performer often billed as a wild man whose act usually includes biting the head off a live chicken or snake. I like that definition, I’ll go with that.

Do you consider yourself a geek?
Before I answer this, I pose to you another question: Does a bear s*** in the woods? And to answer both these questions: yes.

What’s the best part of being a geek?
Getting all the hot babes.

Who is your favorite actor? Why?
Tom Selleck because he has an awesome moustache. I envy that ‘stache.

What is your major? Why did you pick this major?
I’m a Computer Science major. I picked this major because I like writing mad 1337zorz-interwebz-hackz. And writing programs for my computer has been a hobby of mine since middle school; I just enjoy it.

What do you do in your free time?
I slay the proverbial gnar (I like to ski), I dabble in photography and mountain biking, and I like to parrty, with two “r”‘s. Oh, and occasionally I like to grow sweet facial hair.

What is the best life lesson you have learned while at Mines?
Once upon a time, my good friend Skylar Cobb once told me, “Chad, remember this: if you eat too much ramen, you’ll get scurvy.” That’s a rule I live by.

Chad McKennaTwilight series or Harry Potter series?
Is that even a real question? I’m team Jacob all the way. He’s so hot right now.

Do you have any embarrassing habits?
Sometimes I still pick my nose?

What kind of car do you drive?
A 1986 Toyota Pickup. It’s got 270,000 miles on it and still going strong.

What was/is your favorite class at Mines? Why?
My favorite class I’ve ever taken at Mines has got to be CSCI403: Database Management. It was my favorite class because of my professor: Yong Bakos; he is the man.

What was/is your least favorite class at Mines? Why?
Algebraic Structures. I really hate doing proofs and that’s all that class was about.

What dorm did you live in as freshman on campus?
Bradford 1st!

Why did you come to Mines?
Because of the Golden Scholar Application, it was like 3 pages long and it was the only application I filled out. Plus Golden is right at the base of the mountains and I couldn’t pass that up.

What is the best part of being an RA?
There are some many great things about being an RA, but I would have to say that my favorite part is getting the chance to live with 30 new people every year and getting to know them. It’s really a great experience. Weaver East 3rd – Represent!

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