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Securing America’s Future:

The Power of Liberal Arts Education

Jason Kozemczak

Software Engineer, Twitter
Greenville College (IL), Class of 2007
Jason Kozemczak is a software engineer and podcaster. He currently works at Twitter developing Twitter for iPhone and iPad. He is a co-host and producer of iOhYes, a technology podcast focused on iPhone and Mac software development. Jason blogs occasionally. His Twitter handle is @jak.

Kozemczak is a 2007 graduate of Greenville College, with a BS in physics and a BA in mathematics.
As an engineer at Twitter, I am responsible for a tool that over a quarter of a billion people across the world use every day. Because of this scale, I can make small changes that have an enormous effect. One code change meant saving “years” of man-hours each day for our users collectively.
 
Needless to say, my college self did not anticipate that his fingers would someday carry such weight. Had I had more foresight at that time, I might have elected to take an extra computer science course or two. Fortunately, my college experience in the liberal arts prepared me in far more substantial ways than a few one-off courses might have.
 

My goal is to enrich, improve, and empower humanity, be it through the technology I help build or the personal relationships I make. My liberal arts education will continue to help me accomplish that goal.

 
The small classroom sizes at Greenville College and the personal relationships I had with many of my professors meant having them on my team when it mattered most. My time spent as an undergraduate researcher at Argonne National Laboratory (an opportunity not afforded to many students even at larger research universities) would not have been possible without dedicated professors advocating on my behalf.
 
Being surrounded by professors that deeply understand their subject and how to teach it allowed me to pick up a few tools in teaching others. As an instructor at Twitter University (our in-house training program), as a friend teaching others how to program in my living room, and as a former technology training consultant, I’ve borrowed some of the same techniques and methods that helped me learn in the science laboratories of Greenville College.
 
The education I received at Greenville College prepared me for the work I do today by teaching me how to learn and how to think critically. No doubt, solving problems at a global scale requires taking the numerous dimensions of those problems and paring them down so that one can reason about them, and the innovation at Twitter is only possible through constant education in technology, business, culture, etc.
 
My goal is to enrich, improve, and empower humanity, be it through the technology I help build or the personal relationships I make. My liberal arts education will continue to help me accomplish that goal.
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