With career fair rolling around, it's tempting to take whatever offer comes in your direction, especially if you feel unqualified. I know when I was a freshman, I was desperate for any attention that companies would give me, so I didn't stop to think about which companies I was interviewing for. However, it's important to remember that you will be working at the company of your choice for a long amount of time. You don't want to just chase the money when making your choice.
What is your vision? Why do you do what you do?
Guest bloggers Harsh Goyal and Neil Patil help freshmen examine whether or not to get a freshmen internship, and if so, how.
Urban Dictionary defines Sophomore slump as a time "During a college student's sophomore year, [where] their GPA drops after having a high GPA from their freshman year".
This slump is something I know many of my friends have expressed to me, and I, myself, have had my own share of exasperation. Even after OS (The best and worst class in CS), I find myself potentially experiencing Sophomore Slump pt. 2 because of my non-CS classes.
In light of the end of my Sophomore slump, though, I've found this past semester to be a fruitful time:
As finals are coming up, and deadlines for projects approach along the horizon, I have found that I am guilty of procrastination on so many levels.
Procrastinating occurs through habit, mindless action, and/or intentional avoidance of responsibility. Whether watching a late night show of celebrities doing peculiar acts, reading blog posts, or surfing Facebook on the latest memes or doggo content, I've found procrastinating to be focused on activities that have some to little/no value in the moment.
"Every science begins as philosophy and ends as art." -Will Durant
As the semester progresses and classes are really getting to the heart of their respective subjects, I've noticed that two of my classes especially have quite strong parallels.
The two in question are Data Structures and my political philosophy class, and the more I think about it, the more I see the similarities in them. There is a certain duality to philosophy that mirrors that reminds me of the binary aspects of computer science. They both have an innate sense of balance within them, a sort of "zen" if you will.
This past semester, I got accepted as a tech organizer for Freetail Hackers. By joining them, I've been able to have the wonderful opportunity to partner with many other students at UT with the vision of making hackathons smoothly run and amazing. I have to say that I really loved being in the org. The community within Freetail Hackers is really amazing, not only because of the miscellaneous Assassins games we hold or the various number of memes that get shared, but also because of all the amazing leaders and skilled organizers I get to meet and work with in the org.
Hard at work
Hello dear reader!
As the semester comes to an end, many of you may be looking eagerly towards summer vacation. Perhaps you have an internship lined up or are involved in research for the upcoming months. But even if you don't have a specifically structured plan, there are still many ways to be immersed in computer science on your time.
Hello dear reader!
With midterms week just around the corner and projects piling up, I think everyone is feeling pretty frenzied. And with that, I've been thinking a lot about what exactly it is that computer scientists do, and I think I may have figured it out.
It's true! I don't know if anyone has ever written even a marginally complicated program without the compiler finding something wrong with it. CS is all about finding your errors, fixing them, and then getting twenty new errors for your trouble.
Hello dear reader!
I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend! I, for my part, had a lot of fun this weekend as I participated in my first ever 24 hour hackathon at the WiCS (Women in Computer Science) Hackathon.
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