As a resident assistant for Hilltop Apartments, Gunawantha “Guna”
Kondapaneni has balanced residential life leadership and computer
science studies for three semesters.
Walking around his building, Kondapaneni already knows
most of his 39 residents, or at least knows of them. There are a
reclusive six he hasn’t met yet but is sure to soon, as the outgoing
young man is always out and knows someone everywhere he goes.
;9:09 a.m. – After stretching and bemoaning sore muscles
from carrying deflated inflatables around after the weekend’s
Hillapalooza, Kondapaneni embarks on a jog around Purdue’s
hilly north campus.
;Noon – After catching up on some studying, Kondapaneni
attends his music appreciation class inside spacious Matthews
Hall, Room 210. The course is an elective that was a late addition
to his semester.
Fellow CS junior Ryan Davis is in the class, too. He met
Kondapaneni in a freshman learning community years ago.
The two have collaborated on apps and worked together in
“Sometimes I feel like he knows more people on campus than
most of the professors combined,” Davis says.
;1: 30 p.m. – Kondapaneni goes a floor up in Matthews Hall to
attend cryptography class with Professor Samuel Wagstaff. The
Department of Computer Science is a national leader in cyber-security, and Wagstaff helps train the next generation of software
engineers who will help keep credit cards and Social Security
;3 p.m. – Kondapaneni stops in at the Lawson Commons in
Lawson Computer Science Building to meet recruiters from
Salesforce, a cloud computing company headquartered in San
Francisco. With a resume in hand, he has a great conversation
and hopes he is planting the seed for an internship
Meeting recruiters from industry every week has been a perk
with his computer science experience at Purdue.
“We have all the chances in the world to talk to companies and
get to know people,” Kondapaneni says. “It’s really cool that
they’re just hanging out here. It’s very informal and they like
talking with you and meeting you. Just asking them questions
and getting to know them, I like doing that a lot.”
;4:39 p.m. – With his RA hat on, Kondapaneni helps his
Hilltop colleague Kate Parsons get her parking pass situation
;5:45 p.m. – Kondapaneni returns to campus to meet up with
some friends for dinner at Windsor Dining Court. Although
Hilltop offers apartment-style living, he still uses several swipes
a week for meals.
;8: 30 p.m. – Kondapaneni attends a Hilltop council meeting
with some of his residents before cracking open an avoided
“I will read up on operating systems before the end of the night.
That has to happen,” he says with (mostly) confidence.