Week 2: Jan 23 – Jan 29

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What did you do this past week?

This past week is really the first actual week of school. Everything is going into full gear, all my classes are covering material and my labs have started. Relating to this class, I got started on our first project, Collatz. I was able to get everything set up and began coding and optimizing. Meanwhile, my extracurricular practices have just started up, taking up just 2 hours every night.

What’s in your way?

As mentioned above and last post, my practices have started and they’re taking up a portion of what little free time I have after classes. Luckily, the work load in my other classes are not as much as I expected them to be, or at least not yet. However, some classes will need my time in order for me to learn the content, as they are just conceptually hard.

What will you do next week?

This upcoming week I will be working on our project as much as possible, as that is the main thing I have coming up. By doing that, I will able to start getting used to the applications we use, like github and Travis CI. It will also let me get used to the workflow of the class, and hopefully later projects will go a lot smoother than this one.

What’s my experience of the class?

So far, the class has been smooth. The quizzes, while stressful, have gone fairly good for me (minus the one where I forgot how to shift). This week is my first time being called out in class for a question. It’s a very nerve-racking experience, as there is some pressure to seem like you know what you are doing. It’s easy to doubt everything I say, especially when Prof. Downing asks for more substance to my answers. But otherwise, it’s so far an interesting class.

What’s my pick-of-the-week or tip-of-the-week?

My pick-of-the-week is actually a reddit post I found on the UT Austin subreddit. It describes a UTCS senior who did poorly his freshman year and brought his grades and overall experience up from what it was. It’s something to think about if you’re in the same position as he is. There is always hope, even for us CS kids!

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