Geek of the Week: Krista Horn

Krista Horn
Major: Computer Science

Looking around campus it may be said that this school is full of geeks. However, it is surprising the variety of geeks on this campus, and the variety of organizations they are involved in. Krista Horn is certainly no exception. With her toes in band, a sorority, and several other clubs, she is an example of a geek that not only loves her school, but also is committed to making it a better place by her presence. In the midst of all of this, The Oredigger found a couple minutes to chat with her about the role she plays on campus.

[Oredigger]: Why Computer Science?
[Horn]: Oh goodness, this is how the story goes: I had to take a required computer class in high school and it just clicked! It was a lot of fun because I could control the computer, instead of the computer controlling me.

What is your favorite class and why?
Data structures! It is a coding class that makes me think on a deeper level.

Why do you consider yourself a geek?
Because I get so fascinated with little things. For example, the other day in Discrete Math I was really excited that someone was killed because they proved that the square root of two was irrational! Not that I like people being killed…it was just interesting that people were so distraught over the fact they proved a simple mathematical phenomenon .

What’s your favorite thing about mines?
The small atmosphere and being able to walk across campus and see people you know. Also, I love being able to laugh at all of the little campus jokes – like when the letters on the Student Recreation Center were knocked down to read “Stud Creation Center”.

What are some extracurricular activities you are involved in?
I’m involved in drum line, who does it best, Club volleyball where ballers ball, Greek life – a.k.a. not for the week life, Facebook stalking, but I’m also a radio show host. Listen in every Sunday night 8-9pm!

Who is your favorite super hero?
Batman because he’s not wearing hockey pants like the rest of them.

What is some advice for future Mines geeks?
Make the time to do something fun, its always out there, especially here!

What do you do in your spare time?
Make awkward moments.

What is your favorite quote?
“With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.” – Max Erhmann

Can a sorority girl still be a geek?
Definitely. If you dig down deep enough anyone can find his or her inner geek.

If you had to choose between being an elephant and a hippo, what would you be?
E=mc^2. Definitely.

How would you tell someone you’re into them, using C++?
/* I love you */

What has been your favorite experience at mines?
Meeting all sorts of different people. Or maybe E-Days. That’s when all the geeks came out of their rooms and showed the world what they are capable of…kind of. It was awesome!

Pancakes or waffles?
Using my scientific extrapolation of the density properties of each, crepes.

What is your Geek Confession?
I go to concerts alone. I like music, no one else does. And I get to meet new cool people and be their friend.

What does the fox say?
RING DING DING [proceeds to sing it all].

What is a hidden talent?
I can’t sing. Or dance.

Cats or dogs?
Dogs! Cats are just too grumpy. Think about it, if you left your cat and your dog in the back of a car all day, who would be happy to see you when you got back? Problem solved. Dogs are better.

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