〈 Rainer Dreyer


🎓 cs.uct.ac.za

At the end of High School, I was fortunate to receive a full academic scholarship to study at any Southern African university from the Sam Cohen Foundation in Windhoek.

I started at the University of Cape Town's (UCT) Science Faculty, registered to do a major in Actuarial Science. This major allowed only one elective course in the first semester, in which I took Computer Science. By the end of the first year, I knew that I wanted to do more Computer Science and dropped the AcSci major. I decided to keep doing Economics courses from my original major and switched to Computer Science and Economics. (A slightly unusual double major at UCT.) I also got a Game Design specialization as a side effect of taking all undergrad CS courses.

After my first year, I started tutoring all of the previous year's courses for UCT's Computer Science department. I also got a Class Medal for one of my CS courses and was on the Dean's Merit List multiple times. I graduated with two distinctions (in CS & Game Design).

I decided to do an additional degree at UCT, my BScHons(CS).

I joined a few societies:

  • WineSoc (2007-2011)

    A lot of tasting trips to the Stellenbosch wine region and a weekly visit from a wine farmer to do a tasting on campus. I also took an introductory (4 night) Cape Wine Masters course.

  • Underwater Club (2008-2011)

    UCT's scuba diving society. I did my Advanced Open Water Diving course (NAUI) in 2009. (Wreck dives, night dives, deep dives, freshwater dives.)

  • ZooBots (2007-2010)

    Since my first-year roommate studied botany, I met a lot of hiking Botanists. I learned a lot about Table Mountain's Fynbos and did a few camping trips.