Hustle. Hustle. Hustle.

October 10, 2016 12:37 PM

September was HETIC. It was a month of exploration and curiousity.

Lets begin with the weekend of Hack the North. I took the bus from where I work to Waterloo for the weekend and man was it long. 4 transfers, 5 hours later I reach the promise lands of Waterloo. But it was worth it. I got a new prospective on life. Met new friends. Saw old friends.

Some valuable lessons that I learned from this weekend.

Hustle.

I managed to sneak into a Velocity information session with Uber and the speaker hit me bang on. Complacency vs Hustling. It spoke to everything I’ve stood for.

It doesn’t matter how smart you are, if you can’t hustle and get shit done, you won’t make it anywhere. As well if you think you’re not smart but you’re hardworking success WILL come your way soon enough. This is what I loved about Waterloo especially Velocity everyone was hardworking and hustling, BUT still had fun (not sure how lol). I came to visit a second weekend to prep for interviews and time and time again I meet someone that has interned in SF.

At McMaster everyone is ok with getting a 12.0 or “perfect GPA”, I must be smart right? Hell no lol. We learn so little in school that its almost insignificant, the most valuable lesson I’ve learnt from school is: learning how to learn. Granted McMaster might not be the place for you to get the best education in cs or engineering compared to Stanford or MIT, so it may not apply. But if you go to MIT or Stanford why are you reading this lol?

Learning how to learn is really important especially for someone that is “behind” compared to a typical “4A” student at Waterloo. This came to realization after prepping for interviews for an entire month during second semester of 3rd year. Something just clicked and everything in school just bored me lol. I stopped going to classes after that for the classes that provided notes. There are plenty of resources out there especially in tech that is great, and if you can learn fast enough you CAN catch up.

Time.

Time is the only resource that you can’t make up for. Time is precious don’t waste it like me. I wasted 2 years of my life lmao, I won’t go into that. Find something you enjoy and explore it :). Currently I enjoy data science and I plan on going deep in it.

At McMaster its hard to find a co-op right after first year as you come out of general engineering. But if I was going to give advice to my 2 years ago, I would say to not work and learn at home. You will struggle trying to juggle learning and working it won’t work. You will end up making money sure, but will the skills you learn on the job be applicable to your future careers? Most likely no.

I did my first co-op at the company my mom was working at which was auto-cad and sketching 2D plans for our customers. I don’t even mention this on my resume. If I were to go back in time I would try to pick up a programming language like Java or Python and make something. This would look much nicer than a co-op position mentioned above.

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