Kevin S. '19
Apr 23 2018
Earlier this month, here at ETH, we had our spring break a week after MIT's. But, I ended up taking an additional 2.5 days off and embarked on a journey to warmer, sunnier lands down south.
Two weeks before, however, my exchange friends and I did a pre-Spring Break weekend trip in Amsterdam, to an even colder city up north. I guess I'll count that as part of my holidays too?
To kick off the spring festivities, I joined up with Sandra G. '19 — studying abroad this term at Imperial College, London — in Italy for 5 days. We adventured around Rome and the Amalfi coast, hitting a few towns along the Mediterranean, including Naples, Sorrento, Positano, Capri, Amalfi, and Pompeii.
We then parted ways, she going to Vienna and Budapest, me spending 5 more days in Italy and 2 in Prague. I've traveled solo before, but this was the first time I'd done it for an extended, multi-city trip. In the following week, I went... read the post »
Feb 15 2018
2018 is turning out to be quite the adventurous year. I kicked off the year by packing up all my stuff in Boston, hauling most to storage (read: winter gear, air conditioner unit, mini-fridge, comforter and mattress pad, cooking utensils, etc.), and the rest to bring with me on a journey around the world.
With a 50-lb suitcase maxed out on the weight limit and carry-on backpack, I was ready to embark on my first stop -- San Jose, California. I brought with me all that I would need for the next 9 months. I spent one night at home, then drove down to the South Bay to compete at the 2018 US Championships. I came in with a nagging hip injury, and after the short program, the first segment, wasn't even sure I would make it through. I pushed through the pain, but it wasn't pretty. Shoutout to my friends (two from MIT!) for coming to watch and cheering me on! Some of my friends I've skated and competed with growing up qualified for the Olympic team, so I'll be rooting for them during... read the post »
Dec 21 2017
We're halfway through finals week. This semester, though, I lucked out on not having to take any once again.
Last semester, I took all project-based classes. This semester, I have one class with an optional final, 6.034 Artificial Intelligence. The grading for this class is quite unique. We have 10 labs, 4 midterms -- each broken down to the Core section and the Spiritual/Right Now section. The final exam is there to provide an additional opportunity to improve your score on any section of one of the 4 midterms. I lucked out and squeezed a high enough grade on our fourth midterm that I don't need the take the final.
For my other Course 6 class, 6.815 Digital and Computational Photography, we had our final project due last Wednesday on the last day of classes. We had the liberty to choose any topic or field to explore in the realm of computational photography, and I picked non-photorealistic rendering. The algorithm I implemented turned any photo into a brush-stroke painting... read the post »