Just giving a quick update on what's going on with my life and what I'm doing this summer. I'm doing this because a) I need to break my blogger drought (rip sophomore year) and b) I'm working on a really big blog post but it'll take some more time, and in the interim I'll be doing a lot of small, bite-size blog posts!
So how was sophomore year?
Hm. Academically, it was rough, for sure. I'll get more into it in a future blog post, but the classes were definitely the hardest they've ever been, and I'm sure they'll only get harder. :(
But I got to spend that year in Next House, and in Sigma Phi Epsilon, and with Toons, and a lot of new people. And when I look at my experience last year overall... it wasn't too bad. (More to come later.)
What am I doing this summer?
So you may have heard of x-terms, which is a new thing that is starting this fall. I was lucky enough to get an offer from a company called Everbridge to work for them in the fall as a part-time software engineering intern! I was really happy that I finally had a job, and a chance acquire experience in industry. But I still had nothing going for me over the summer.
I had a lot of backup plans: read, code, do my own projects, travel, just relax at home, study Japanese, etc. But luckily, again, I told the company that my summer was totally free and I could start in the summer as a full-time intern if possible, and they said sure. So here I am in Burlington, MA, peering down into a rabbit-hole of a codebase and getting a head-start on my x-term! :D
I'm living at a place called Couch House in Somerville this summer. It's a really nice place: it's called couch house because the living room is literally just couches EVERYWHERE and there's pretty lighting and there's a TV and someone has all the Nintendo consoles and another person is raising LIVE CHICKENS in a REAL CHICKEN COOP in the backyard and getting FRESH EGGS from them?? Like?? I feel like I won the summer housing lottery.
What other non-academic or non-work things do you want to do this summer?
I picked up a beginner Magic: The Gathering deck last week because I wanted to learn how to play, and I have somehow gotten some of my 2East friends to start playing with me. It's a really fun card game! It's also a fairly expensive investment if you want to be competitive. Luckily for us, we're fine with sticking to our beginner decks and learning the rules for now. :)
I want to keep working on my Japanese, and I also have a lot of books I want to read: Slaughterhouse Five; Infinite Jest; Thinking, Fast and Slow.
I want to actually go to the gym at a regular basis this summer because I haven't really been able to do it during the school year. ;-; My coworker is literally a god, he has a huge container of whey on his desk and is Odin incarnate but he's also really kind and gave me a bunch of workout tips.
Balance patch in Boston is by far the best LAN cafe in the area, so if you're into video games, PC gaming, VR, etc. with a nice vibe and good food, I highly recommend!
I'm learning a lot about the 'agile methodology' in software development (mainly because I'm part of an agile scrum team at work): there's a lot of weird vocabulary that goes into it, like 'sprints' and 'grooming' and 'ceremonies' and 'stories' and 'velocity' and so on. It's a really interesting way to approach workflow as a team! If you're into Course 6-y software engineering stuff, take a look at it!
I'm also going to date this post by saying this, but Nintendo is going to start their E3 presentation in literally less than an hour and I am SO FREAKING HYPED. (smash 5 pls be good)