​Soccer Star Accepts Position as Software Engineer

March 10, 2018

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When David Ching ’18 isn’t on the pitch, you can probably find him behind a computer. A four-year starter for the men’s soccer team, Ching said he gained an interest in computer science shortly after coming to TLU. With the guidance of his professors, especially Dr. Linda Wilson, he has been able to develop his skills and recently accepted a position as a software engineer with Apex Capital in Fort Worth.

“I’ll be doing systems and database security,” Ching said. “It’s a job that requires lots of attention, but it’s also fun. Computer science was a major that worked well with my soccer schedule and I really enjoy it. I look forward to implementing the things I’ve been doing at TLU to earn a living. “

Ching has been playing soccer since he was four-years-old.

“A huge motivator for me to attend TLU was that I would be able to play soccer while receiving a good education,” he said. “Another great thing is that I’ve been able to do three summer internships and the things I would work on were almost identical to things Dr. Wilson had assigned.”

From working on full stack development and connecting databases to larger projects like remodeling and modernizing applications, Ching said he was well prepared for all the tasks he was given. He even created an app for his senior seminar in TLU Connect to help athletes schedule appointments for the campus clinic.

“TLU’s computer science faculty have some amazing skills to communicate,” he said. “In my opinion, Dr. Wilson is the best professor here. She takes things that are so difficult for people to understand and teaches you about it and how to use it for your future. I couldn’t be more thankful for what she has done for me. College will always be what you make it. But if you want to come to TLU, I suggest taking advantage of all the hands-on guidance offered here.”

Men’s Soccer Coach Eddie Salazar said Ching has been a respected leader in their program since day one.

“His intrinsic motivation and willingness to take on challenges have been the two biggest reasons, in my opinion, for his success as a student, athlete, and human being,” Salazar said. “His presence will be missed when he graduates, but he will leave TLU and our men’s soccer program in a better place than where it was before he arrived.” 

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