Curious about computer science?

CS KickStart is a week-long introduction to computer science for Michigan freshmen with little to no experience!

Learn to Code

Get hands-on programming experience with guidance from current students.

Connect with Students

Meet other students interested in the same fields you're considering.

Explore Careers

Think software engineering is the only thing you can do with a CS degree? Think again!

2022 Organizers

Divya Ramamoorthy


Divya will be a senior in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts majoring in computer science and minoring in linguistics and French. She's super grateful to CS KickStart for providing her with a supportive community coming into college, and for introducing her to so many of the potential paths in the field of computer science. Divya thanks CS KickStart for giving her confidence in her EECS courses and for helping her meet some of her best friends! Outside of school, she loves drinking boba with friends, practicing Indian Classical dance, and going to UMich sporting events.

Sydney Swider


Sydney will be a senior in the college of College of Engineering majoring in computer science and minoring in biochemistry, thanking her introduction to CS to this very program. Coming into college planning on going premed, her world was irrevocably changed after her amazing week with this program. She was motivated by CS KickStart to explore a field she didn't know anything about before, and fell in love. When she isn’t in school, Sydney enjoys adventuring, crafting, exploring Ann Arbor's food scene, and spending time with friends!

Debby Chung


Debby will be a junior in the School of Information, majoring in UX Design and minoring in art and computer science. She's grateful to CS KickStart for providing her with a judgement-free community and some of her closest friends at U-Mich during COVID, and for providing so many great resources for CS KickStart alumni. Debby was not sure of what to pursue coming into college, and CS KickStart was the perfect program that introduced her to the field of tech. In her free time, she loves painting/drawing, trying new foods, and watching a good movie!

Julia Jun


Julia will be a junior in the college of Literature, Science, and the Arts, majoring in computer science. She is grateful to have been a part of the virtual program of CSK in 2020 as it introduced her to CS and allowed her to find a welcoming community where she can discover new interests and learn about the endless career opportunities in the tech industry. After her week of CS Kickstart, her curiosity about CS grew and motivated her to take EECS courses for the semesters to come. In her free time, Julia enjoys reading, hiking, and trying new cafes in Ann Arbor.

Emily Abrams


Emily will be a sophomore in the college of Literature, Science, and the Arts. She is planning on majoring in computer science after attending CS Kickstart as a freshman. She really appreciated how CSK provided an opportunity to explore different career possibilities and to learn new skills in a welcoming and encouraging environment, and she had an amazing time getting to know future classmates and developing an interest in pursuing technology in her future. In her free time, Emily loves ski racing, playing guitar, and exploring Ann Arbor!

Abby Hart


Abby will be a sophomore in the college of Literature, Science, and the Arts, planning on majoring in computer science and double-minoring in user experience design and community action & social change. Before CS KickStart week, she was not considering majoring in anything remotely tech-related, but after the program she immediately changed her mind! She feels a lot more confident in the classes and organizations she's involved with at school. Abby loves discovering new music, trying new restaurants in Ann Arbor, and playing the NYT mini!