Looking Back

Hello dear reader!

If you're a college student reading this, you probably don't realize, or even care for that matter, that for high school seniors, the deadline for college decisions is quickly coming up. And with that, all my younger friends are calling me up for advice on all things college.

While talking to them, I came to remember the person I was when I was in their shoes last year, and realized that even though I have only been in college for a year, I've  already changed so much.

Gender Gap In STEM: The Zombie

Fight against the zombie apocalypse!

This semester, I've really been trying to get more involved in volunteering and outreach. So last month, I joined an all-women team in the computer science department that focuses on recruiting girls, especially high school seniors, for UTCS. Efforts for this cause include sending postcards, calling, emailing, and hosting an event just for prospective girls at ExploreUT (the computer science program at ExploreUT itself will be filled with amazing events for anyone interested).

MADcon and the Future of Tech Information

Thania Kendrick at the MADcon Project Showcase

Hello dear reader!

This weekend I went to MADcon, the UT Mobile App Development Conference, and learned so much from the experience. We kicked off the event with keynote speaker Tom Bishop, who has worked at Bell Labs, been the VP of Tech at Unix and the CTO of many Austin startups. Bishop gave a lot of great advice in his speech, but the one thing that really stuck in my mind was his entreating us to "fail fast." 

Decomposition

Climb your mountain!

I have come to learn that one of the most primary tenets in the field of computer science is the breaking down of a problem. Making a complex problem or system into smaller parts that are easier to understand and program is essential in computer science, and something that I was taught to do on the first day of class. In fact, even in elementary school, we were taught to not focus on a large project as a whole, but work through it bit by bit so as not to be overwhelmed by the task.

Don't Test Me

Hello dear readers! Hope this week finds you well! So, with finals week finally upon us, I decided to compile a list of study tips that have helped me through the years and why they do so. Enjoy!

1) Switch out what subjects you're studying 

Break Time

"Almost anything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you."

Hello dear readers! I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving break! My own was very fun, but studying and homework still crept in at the edges, as it does. However, I did notice a very interesting and cool thing that happened when I was actually working this past week.

How to Deal

crossroads sign with failure in one direction and success in the other

As we rapidly approach finals week (*shudders in horror*), I've constantly been thinking about the amount of work I have to do and how much I have to study and all the extracurriculars I regularly have to commit to. In short, I, and I'm sure a lot of others, am drowning in stress.

But more than that, I'm terrified at even the prospect of failure in the upcoming weeks, mostly because I've had to face the reality of it many times during this semester. So I've also been thinking a lot about how to adequately deal with failure.

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