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Andor

Remodelled:

Himself.

The gaming industry.

Game development. Open Source technology. Constantly expanding my knowledge.
That’s what matters to me.

When you find what you're passionate about, everything changes. Andor Salga didn't think he had it in him to be a student. Seneca helped him discover a true love of learning – and more about himself than he ever imagined.

"My experience at Seneca was very positive. Each semester was a bit more difficult, but the harder it was, the harder I pushed."

What Inspired Me

I didn't think I was a good student originally. I had trouble learning in high school, and eventually I dropped out. It was a friend of mine who suggested I consider going to Seneca. I wasn't sure at first if I could do it, but eventually decided to enrol as a mature student. That was like a fresh start for me.

HOW I DID IT

Even in high school, I had always done well in programming courses. It was a hobby of mine. So when I saw that I could study programming languages, I became really interested and passionate about learning. My education at Seneca started with the Computer Programming and Analysis advanced diploma. I graduated with high honours. Coming from my background where I thought I couldn't learn, that was a big accomplishment for me.

During that time, I also started working as a research assistant in Seneca's Centre for the Development of Open Technology (CDOT). It started as a summer internship, but eventually I enrolled in the Software Development degree program while continuing to work at CDOT. I was involved in a number of innovative projects involving the use of WebGL, a relatively new tool at the time that enabled developers to code 3D for web browsers without the need for plug-ins.

My research at CDOT led to many opportunities that I never thought possible. I was invited to run a workshop on game development during Seneca's Free Software and Open Source Symposium (FSOSS) in 2010. I spoke at the Special Interest Group on GRAPHics and Interactive Techniques (SIGGRAPH) in 2011, which was a dream come true. I was invited to help create a presentation for a WebGL talk and speak at MIT. And I was asked to be the valedictorian at my 2012 convocation.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR ME

My experience at Seneca was very positive. Each semester was a bit more difficult, but the harder it was, the harder I pushed. My passion has always been game development, and I really wanted to fulfill my dream of becoming a game developer. Seneca gave me the foundation I needed to land a job in the gaming industry. There's a huge learning potential working in this industry. You get to work with a group of very talented developers, artists and designers. I'm always learning new things and inspired by the talent that surrounds me. I just always want to keep learning.

"Seneca gave me the foundation I needed to land a job in the gaming industry."

Andor

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