February 23, 2016
From: Reddit AMA
What is the one thing any student must try in college?
Hmmmm… I myself was only in college for about a year (in Oxford, long long ago) … and I spent most of my time in an underground computer room where I had access to the ARPANET, doing physics research. So I don’t have much to say from personal experience.
In today’s world, the obvious point is to learn about things that will be important in the future. One trend I’ve noticed is that eventually there’s a field called “computational X” for all X (X = agriculture, archaeology, … , zoology) … which is a way of saying that computation and computational thinking are going to be important in pretty much anything people want to do. So it’s a really good idea to get familiar with that … and, needless to say, I’ve spent years building tools to make that easy for people. The most recent development is Wolfram Programming Lab, which you can use on the web at https://www.wolfram.com/programming-lab/