my life as an engineering student

After three years of studying computer science/engineering at university I think I can make a sort of post about this matter. There are some misconceptions about IT degrees. So many. In the following lines, I’ll try to put together the main ones I currently have faced. I’ve been asked to make a post like this some time ago, so here it is. I’m focusing on computer science/computer engineering since it’s what I am studying.

The summer before I started my first year of university I was freaking out. Not only did I go to study at university but also I was going to study computer science/engineering! I love computers and that, but little did I know about computers to be honest. So my first thought was what computer should I buy. And here we go with the classic macbook vs laptop battle. My dad bought me a laptop so I didn’t think about really about this (as a note, it’s not the best laptop, but it’s enough at least for now). If you are wondering what computer should you buy for computer science, but you whatever you like the most, but I suggest you to have in mind that it doesn’t matter if you choose a laptop or a macbook. If you have enough money and you want a macbook, go for it. If you don’t or you don’t like macbook, you have other options. Choose wisely.

I was told that I would be the only girl in the class. Well, so the first day of university came and I couldn’t see a single girl in the hall. It turned out that there were about 12 girls in my class and about 80 boys (depending on the class). In my last semester I’ve been in a class where I was the only girl and as a consequence of several classes being minority, I get used to be the only girl and I felt stronger someway.

One thing more I was told it was that people on this degrees were a bunch of nonsocial, unatracttive and weird genius. To be honest this was something that scared me too, because I didn’t want to be alone. But again, this was untrue; of course, there are a few weird people, but mostly of them are nice people. I haven’t still seen a genius, just hard-working people.

I realized since the very beginning of my academic journey that when I told people what I am studying, there are three reactions I can observe in people:

  1. The “pfff, that’s a difficult degree” reaction.
  2. The “pfff, that’s a difficult degree for a woman” reaction.
  3. The *open the mouth for a while and say nothing* reaction.

But is computer science or computer engineering difficult?”, that’s another thought that made me head spin. All right, it is. I am not going to lie. It is difficult. Really difficult, but once you get the hang of studying, organizing and thinking, everything will be easier. Personally I wasted a year trying to learn how to think and study for the classes. I was stuck into the high school habits and I didn’t want to change them. If I have learnt something about university (or life) is that you have to be ready for switching and don’t be afraid of changes.

I would like to work as a computer scientist/computer engineer/software engineer/… but I’m not good at mathematics/physics/…”. Okay, computer science/engineering is difficult but not that hard (I may slightly lie in the aforementioned question, except calculus, calculus is evil). I mean, professors start with the very basics of every class, and it isn’t usually very difficult. Plus most of them are willing to clear up your questions in office hours. I have some friends who are really bad at maths and they have passed all the algebra and calculus classes. Also I have friends that didn’t want to study an IT degree, though they’d love to, because of this reason. Don’t be the person who didn’t study something because of a few hard classes. You’ll regret later.

After a couple of month, studying computer science/engineering, some people start wondering why we are studying physics, electronics and math, “when are we going to start hacking?”. Oh, well. That’s a good question. Never. WE DON’T LEARN TO HACK in university. In my first year, many classmates drop out of computer science because of this single reason. They thought they’ll learn how to hack.

At least, I will code a lot!”. Sorry again, but you are going to be programming less than you would expect. At my university, we take only 6-7 classes focused on just programming in the four years of the degree.

When you assume that most of the things you believe are not true, you’ll know more or less if you like this degree or you don’t. At the same time, people are going to ask for help. Yes, the “can you fix my [insert here ANY electronic device]?” and “can you tell me how to [any action] in [any program or website]?”. You can’t get away of these questions. Believe me or not, but if you get involved in an IT degree you are not going to study how to delete a Facebook account. You may or not may be surprised of this, but a great amount of people has asked me this question. Plus, we don’t learn how to fix smartwatches. Surprise!

At this point, people wonder what the hell computer science/engineering is about. Algebra, calculus, physics, electronics, robotics, algorithms, AI, data structures, computer security, networks, computational complexity,…

If you prefer to work solo, I have bad news for you, because you’ll need to work in teams. And this is really difficult to achieve. You will find both people who work and who don’t. You have to find a balance between your time and the others’, learn to organize the time and the work for the team project and don’t be afraid of reasonably arguing if the project is at risk. This is something to keep in mind as much as presentations skills. Yes, you need to talk in public about your work, if not in university, it will be in any job interview.  I have actually been the worst talking in public since always, but when after all the presentations I have done, I have became better. You’ll become better. So come on.

Sometimes I think about how being a first-generation science student puts me at such a disadvantage compared to some of my peers. It seems like every highly successful STEM student that I know had a mother that was a nurse or a father that was an engineer. A brother that’s a mathematician. A sister in medical school. Something to that effect.

Then there’s me. My dad’s an accountant. My mom only has a high school degree. Technically, my grandfather actually was a mechanical engineer, but he died too early on in my life and lived too far away for it to be terribly relevant. So I might as well not have any family in STEM at all. No one to grow up talking to about STEM. Or even about academia in general.

I have always been on this journey by myself. And it makes me want to cry sometimes.

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|19Jan2017|

Half way through the last week of exam period.

⭕️My sleep routine has been improving 😊
❌I didn’t studied as much compare to last week because of being overly stressed about exams 😥

This is the Script Hacker. I’m in.

I was going to wait until after finals to officially post this, but screw it right?

In the same vein as the rest of the Script family, this blog is a resource for writers. The Script Hacker can help with questions pertaining to data retrieval, steganography, cryptography (both making and breaking), hacking (both white and black hat), and general purpose computing. Any technology question is welcome, cutting-edge included, and I’ll do my best, but the aforementioned specialties are my bread and jam.

As for me, I am a student currently working on a Computer Forensics and Computer Science double major, with dabblings in Computer Engineering. I have many years of experience with coding, tinkering, and playing tech support for my less informed family members.

Yes, my current theme is under construction. I plan to bootstrap it when I don’t have finals sucking up my free time.

Real quick disclaimer: This is a writing advice blog, and not meant for real-life application. I will not teach you how to hack into something in the real world. I do not advocate black hat hacking, any kind of cybercrime, or breaking the law in general.

That said, the ask box is open.


We’re multiplying, @scriptmedic, you’ve started a movement of knowledge!

Other members of the Script family as of now: @scriptmedic@scriptlawyer, @scriptecology, @scriptphysicist, @forenscripts, @scriptshrink, @scriptbrainscientist, @scriptsoldier, @script-a-world.

heracleidae replied to your post “What do I do with the headcanon that Tony may be a complete ignorant…”

Tony Stark is the Gordon Ramsey of engineers. He’ll call out people with degrees who have a holier than thou attitude. But college students and children just trying to do their best and change the world he’ll inspire and gush about how proud he is of their efforts. GIVE ME ALL THE FIC.

what the fuck……. thats such a good description of tony………….thank you so much for blessing my life with this

anonymous asked:

I belive the problem is not math itself but the schools that dont know how to properly teach it to his students and they dont how to assit the students in understand it, its a thing I saw in all the schools ive been in my life

I think you’re right. Most teachers don’t know what they’re doing. Also, the fact that students (college and high-school) have to learn incredibly DIFFICULT math when we’re clearly not going to apply it to our everyday life (unless you’re planning to become an engineer or something that always needs math) like really when the hell am i gonna need to use CALCULUS in Whatever normal situation in my life? (Especially when im an art major) I think basic mathematics and algebra should be standard for anyone. Anything higher or more difficult just stresses students out tbh.

Originally posted by sailorscoutsforever

11:39 PM | Mar 19, 2015 • The life of a chemical engineering student. Just finished 4 hours of straight studying for the second half of my continuum mechanics exam. I always redo problems and write down the important concepts as I go along. For me, there’s no better way to learning material than redoing problems and summarizing notes in concepts.

Uni Sqvad
  • The stoner: *tryna fix his helmet* wtf is this shit? i cannot cope with it anymore *crashes the helmet on the ground*
  • The hipster: *shakes his hand near a student*
  • Student: wtf?
  • The hipster: i'm virtually stabbing you
  • The moldavian: WHO STOLE MY PUSHEEN PENCIL???
  • The daddy: fuck, there's some kinder pingui on my shirt
  • The rastafarian: holy shit guys, i've finally found a girl i can be friend with without fucking her
  • The rich boy: no... fucking... wHy?
  • Me: lol

As I am halfway through my honours degree, I though I’d share a few things I wish I’d been told years ago.

Here are just a few points which I think could be beneficial to hear about dealing with poor results and stress.

1. Grades don’t define you!!

Recently, I have noticed the number of study inspired blogs increase dramatically. It is amazing the community that has developed. However, I have noticed that very rarely are poor results shared. I think that many students who have done well throughout primary and middle school years who suddenly seem to receive poorer grades when in high school and college are completely shocked, and upset.

Poor grades, do not mean that you don’t understand the subject, just maybe you need to be able to explain and demonstrate ideas in different ways. Grades also don’t define your worth as a person, and do not make you any less or more intelligent than anyone else.

2. Stressing about the past

Stress is something everyone will encounter in their studies, it is completely unavoidable. The key is managing it! Part of managing stress is deciding what to be stressed about. Often the past is what we stress about most, when in reality we should only stress about the future. You can’t change the past.

3. You can ask for help!!!

Friends, family and teachers are all around you, and you can ask them for help. Most teachers or instructors are more than happy to help. You need to ask though.

If you struggle to speak to people due to anxiety remember the Internet is there. Email a professor. Seek out YouTube videos relevant to your learning. Post questions on forums! Doing these things are not a sign of weakness!

4. You need a life!!!

When starting high school or university you’ll alway be told to “Join social/sporting groups” this is the most important piece of advice. From experience I though “that’s stupid” until second year of university. You have to ensure that you have friends who will support you and help you through your studies, and you should have hobbies ( this also looks better on resumes). As long as study is balanced with hobbies and other social activities, for the most part your mental health will be better.

There’s my advice(rant)

Happy Studying!!!

I have this thought in my head for a SIOC fic where she’s older than the rest of the main cast of KHR and is incredibly angry at these adults putting children into danger, butts heads with Reborn throughout the Daily Life arc not that he ever acknowledges her existence because she’s a civilian, and she lets off just in time to become incredibly angry at Iemitsu for making a five-year-old the Lightning Guardian, and asks Tsuna to make her the Guardian instead. And as a civilian engineering student, she gets her ass handed to her by Levi, but she took the damage in Lambo’s place and isn’t that the role of the Lightning Guardian, significantly more meaningful when the person in question is making that sacrifice fully understanding and consenting?

Should you major in music?

My friend posted on the fb page horn people, inquiring whether becoming a professional horn player now a days is too risky, or if it’s worth it. Many many people replied with advice and their life stories. But this was my favorite reply, and it made me tear up because it reminds me why I chose to major in music:

“A couple years ago I was in your position. Music was my life through middle and high school. I was torn between music and the “safe” option, but I decided to go take the safe path: engineering school. I lasted a semester and decided I hated what I was doing and where I was heading. In the fall I transferred to a different school to pursue music education. But when I got to my first methods class (you learn how to play and teach other instruments) I realized I just didn’t enjoy teaching. Not in a classroom setting anyway. And i didnt want my future students to suffer because my heart wasnt in it. So long story short, I switched to performance this semester and I couldn’t be happier. Is the possibility of not having a job scary? Absolutely. But that’s one of the things that drives me to be the best musician I can be. No matter what you decide, just make sure you truly love doing it.”

And my second favorite reply. This one is pretty darn inspiring and talks more about whether it really is worth it or not:

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