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Career Fair: Take Two

In the wise words of Michael Scott (kinda)

Hello dear reader!

As this semester's career fair has come and gone, I hope you all had a great and successful experience. For my part, even though it was only my second career fair, I thought my confidence and comfort levels were exponentially higher at last week's fair than they were at last semester's.

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." 

Mid-college-life Crisis

Midlife Crisis: a period of emotional turmoil in middle age characterized especially by a strong desire for change. Except for the part about “middle age,” I feel like I’ve been going through several of those a month ever since middle school. “Emotional turmoil” is basically my middle name (seriously, just check my birth certificate.) But even though I haven’t had a “real” midlife crisis (fingers-crossed I never do), I would say I’ve definitely had a couple mid-college-life crisis. I had my first one right before I switched my major from chemistry to computer science.

Not My Problem

Greetings y'all! 3 weeks in, and I'm finally back in the grind. Along with blogging, I decided to take up a proctor position for a class, Object Oriented Programming (OOP), which is sometimes considered the 2nd hardest CS class next to Operating Systems (OS). It's really amazing to see the perspective that a proctor has while looking over students. Being able to see the student community gather and ask questions encountered with software errors, as well as take time to discuss and answer questions has been very insightful.

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.

Internet to the Rescue!

Have you ever walked out of a CS class with that “what-just-happened” feeling? Maybe you dozed off momentarily because you’re a typical sleep-deprived college student. Or you were so hungry (more accurately: “hangry”) during class that your brain temporarily lost the ability to process words. Or maybe you’re dancing that line between not-sick-enough-to-stay-home but not-well-enough-to-focus.

Out of My Field

Greetings y'all! Hope you've all settled comfortably into the school grind. I haven't completely, but I have come to enjoy the classes I'm taking a lot. Taking 2 CS classes (Algorithms and Software Engineering) is a little less coursework than last semester, but I've come to enjoy them along with the other Non-CS classes I'm taking.

STEM vs. Liberal Arts: Why Not Both?

Hello dear readers!

This semester, in addition to three required CS classes, I am taking a class called the Classics of Social and Political Thought. In it, we read texts from ancient Greek philosophers to contemporary sociobiologists in an effort to answer the most crucial questions plaguing the human psyche from the beginning of time.

New Season, New Me

Greetings y'all! Hope you've all had a restful Winter Break. I, myself, made sure to mentally rejuvenate after taking 2 of the most programming-intensive courses at UT. Even though I learned many fundamental concepts in programming (paired programming, debugging, and time management), I still felt immense relief from being freed from the bondage of 60-hour work weeks and late night computer lab sessions all the way till "who knows when".

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