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CS 373 Fall 2020: Entry 4

What did you do this past week?

This past week I was actually pretty productive! I finished up Collatz on Monday, and then I also finished my Modern Web Applications lab and Neural Networks assignment. I think I’m finally caught up with the first round of my large assignments so I just need to stay on top of my work from now on.

What’s in your way?

Not much is in my way, but I think I need to use this week as an opportunity to get ahead before my workload starts piling up on me. I plan on rewatching a bunch of Neural Networks lectures to solidify my understanding of the material since that class is pretty hard for me.

What will you do next week?

Yesterday our group met to discuss some potential ideas for the IDB1 project. This week we plan to flesh those plans out with the models, APIs, and sources. On Monday I’ll also be speaking as a panelist at one of the Dropbox recruiting events with UTCS, so that’s pretty cool. Additionally I want to get started on my assignments for other classes, and start getting on a workout schedule again.

What was your experience of exceptions, IDB1, and types?

I was familiar with exceptions before, but had never actually used them in Python before (only in Java). Although I was aware of all of this functionality, it was good to get a thorough refresher with all the possible examples of their usages. For example, I did not know about the difference that a class would make on the precedence of which exception was raised. The lectures on types were interesting, and they definitely went way further in depth than I would have known about otherwise. I’m not sure how much I’ll use this knowledge in the future, but either way it’s still good to learn. IDB1 seems to be like the main focus of SWE as a class, so I was prepared for this to be the bulk of the workload.

What made you happy this week?

I had a lot of fun just hanging out with my roommate this week. We worked out, watched youtube, and did homework together, and it was just a nice bonding time. Recently we went to St. Edwards Park with a couple of friends and went hiking and swimming in the lake. It was my first time trying the rope swing, and it was hard but so much fun! I’ve also been playing a lot of card games with my friends recently (in place of video games) and I think it’s a really wholesome and enjoyable activity.

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

My tip of the week is attend virtual hackathons! I know it seems less interesting now that we’re all online, but these hackathons are still hosting workshops, mailing out swag, and doing what they can to keep the experience lively. It’s a great way to motivate yourself to start a new project or learn a new skill, which is still very important especially in times like these.

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