Set up comforting and encouraging meetings with students leaving the CS major to ensure they know they can always try CS again in the future.

  • Help students come to terms with their experiences in CS without feeling like they were never good enough, or didn’t have enough natural talent to succeed.
    • It’s important for students to understand that even if CS isn’t working for them right now, they can always try again. It’s not about natural talent.
  • Make sure students leave the CS major with a sense that they could succeed in this field later in life, if they ever want to re-explore computer science.
  • Tell students that now may not be the right time in their life to pursue this interest, but CS will be around if their circumstances change.
  • Be sure to point out any work the student has done that demonstrates an aptitude in CS or demonstrates that they have something unique to offer.

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