I’ve got up to quite a bit considering the time of year and the inevitable “ranting blog posts” that are now circulating in my head. The start of this week saw an end to my second year, in that I no longer have any lectures and have no more coursework.
Much of the weekend was spent working on my compilers coursework, a 2 month project that involved many nights of confusion, energy drinks and nightmares about being attacked by C++ functions. Being a coursework of such a long duration, the majority of us in ISE had left the bulk of the work to this last week. After finally getting as much as I wanted done, I realised it was 2 in the morning on Sunday night and so I slept. The following morning (9 o clock, of course) I demonstrated my code and found that it did everything my lecturer wanted and even a few things I was unaware it was able to do. In a word: Epic Win!! (OK in a phrase)
That left me with the rest of Monday to revise for a spanish listening exam that afternoon, which I had got an extension on because of my illness last week (the Humanities department really are lovely!!). I also had a big Spanish exam on Tuesday, so the start of the week had a bit of a Mediterranean feel. As for how they went: I really can’t say. All I know is, it’s over!!
That left me with an afternoon to relax, as the panic about exams didn’t properly hit me till after my final lecture on Wednesday. When I got home, I rekindled the on-and-off relationship with my Playstation, watched as much iPlayer as I could and did a few nerdy things with my old laptop. A good afternoon being unproductive and unorganised, just what the imaginary doctor ordered.
But beyond the mundane talk of my academic timetable, there’s also been a few other things worth blogging about. EPOD recently did an interview with Head of the EEE department, Peter Cheung. This news really did enthuse me, so any free time I had was dedicated to getting the audio edited together. Peter Cheung is an absolute legend and talks about the banking industry and how us engineers need to approach it, and I do recommend any engineer give it a listen. (Download) (iTunes)
I also took a part in the CGCU elections this year. While most people are viscously campaigning and setting up facebook groups for support, I am taking a more relaxed approach. I am running for ISE 3rd Year Rep, which puts me in the unique position of being uncontested in an election only available to 20 people. It’s bad election practice to be cocky and presumptuous, but I think I can safely say I have got an exciting and important role in my department next year.
Hope everyone who had a humanities test on Tuesday or has one coming up did/does well. Let me know how it went by leaving a comment (preferably in your studied language). Hope everyone has a lovely and productive Easter and I will see you all when the exams finally rear their atrociously ugly heads; good luck!!
Thanks for reading,