Though he has only been a Bay College student for a few months, computer science major Charles-John Manansala has already started taking his knowledge of business and coding to the next level. As a Bay student, he has also made valuable social connections and created plans for his future.
In 2016, Charles-John graduated from Menominee Senior High School. He went on to become a Northeast Wisconsin Technical College student; however, he left after a semester.
“I just dropped out because of family issues and medical issues,” he said.
Eventually, Charles-John decided to sign up for classes at Bay. He began studying here at the start of the fall 2021 semester.
So far, he said things have been going well during his first semester as a Bay student.
“The atmosphere here’s friendly, and all the staff members are very centered on helping people,” Charles-John said, adding that he has been getting good grades this semester.
Charles-John decided to pursue a computer science major because of his experience in the field and his desire to develop his existing skills further.
“I have a history with video games – I used to do a lot of scripting for video games as a side gig. I wanted to pursue that as a career, so that’s why I chose computer science,” he said.
Along with his studies, Charles-John is active in quite a few clubs at Bay.
“I’m in a whole bunch of clubs – I love the D&D Club. It’s a good escape from doing work and studying 24/7,” he said
Other clubs he participates in include Business Professionals of America and P.R.I.D.E.
“It’s very nice to see people get the support that they need,” he said of the latter organization.
In two years or so, Charles-John plans to transfer to Northern Michigan University and complete his college education there. After graduating from NMU, he aims to find a job that will allow him to put his coding skills to use.
Charles-John’s current long-term goal is to establish a business of his own.
“I really do want to start my own video game company – that’s the dream,” he said.