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We while the hours working September 9, 2010

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The past two days can only be described with one word: HECTIC!

Tuesday:

  • Rushed to finish first Combo homework
  • Attempted to study for first Graphics quiz
  • Attempted to meet with 2340 group
  • Rescheduled meeting with 2340 group
  • Ran to M@CC meeting
  • Went through CoC Career Fair training
  • Participated in Facebook birthday pranks (notice the plural)
  • Edited FIREWALL issue for September
  • Re-edited FIREWALL
  • Finished poster for FIREWALL
  • Revised edits for FIREWALL

Today wasn’t much different:

  • Rushed to work (late)
  • Went upstairs to a Google Lunch
  • Saw the release of Google Instant with Google employees
  • Prepared cotton candy machine
  • Handed out FIREWALL issues and cotton candy
  • Got covered with cotton candy – literally
  • Ran into half the Barcelona program CS majors
  • Rejoiced about mini-Barca reunions 😀
  • Went to class
  • Filled in timesheet
  • Went to Google Tech Talk
  • Ate something other than sugar
  • Cleaned out cotton candy machine
  • Clogged sink where we were cleaning the machine
  • Emptied out sink with Styrofoam cups
  • Randomly started singing  “Still Alive” in harmony with 3 guys
  • Reminded the boys of the lyrics to the song
  • Cleaned up the Orgs Room
  • Greeted my mother with Google shades on at 11PM
  • Realized I spent more than 12 hours in the same building
  • Realized I still like spending time in the College of Computing

Good days 🙂  Can’t wait for the Career Fair and company frenzies next week!

AFLAAAAAC! February 18, 2010

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Aflac visited the College of Computing yesterday evening.

Of course, I believe the CoC community might have been aware of it judging by all the hand sanitizers, bottle holders, duck-shaped stress balls, and fluffy, screaming ducks scattered around the Commons, States Lab, and undergraduate lounge.  Also, the abundance of ducks may or may not have led to duck-throwing in CS2110 Lecitation.

Swag aside, I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised by them; it was really cool to learn about all the different departments and divisions they have for CS.

I PROMISE! Also, I'm assuming you read xkcd.

I promise this is NOT how I pictured Aflac's computers

I got a splitting headache halfway through the presentation and still had it when it ended.  Still, I was able to talk with Tony Huey and Miranda Azzam (college recruiter) after the presentation, but had to leave before I could talk with Ben McMillan, the last representative and Georgia Tech CS graduate.

Because there’s always a Tech graduate at these recruitment events!

I guess Aflac made me realize I have yet to fully assimilate the versatility of Computer Science 😀

I promise this isn’t how I pictured Aflac’s computers

Making Time for Time January 29, 2010

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I’m taking 17 credits, got involved in 3 more organizations this semester, and had only slept about 4 hours the night before, and still I found myself sitting in a Google event – for the second time that day.

The idea that some students (not just in CS) go to events for “dine and dashes” and freebie-hoarding sprees baffles me about as much as when I go to those same events and have the opportunity to converse with representatives from companies like Lockheed Martin and Yahoo! and Google.

To explain part of my amazement about “big companies” visiting Georgia Tech, I’ll put it in perspective: I know somebody who saw one of his favorite bands play live 4 times just last year.  When I was young I was obsessed with the Backstreet Boys (oh, the shame!) throughout their most prolific era, yet not once did they visit Venezuela in the 4-5 years I listened to them.

Yahoo! and Google just don’t recruit in Venezuela.  I understand it’s illogical to recruit people from every single country in our world, but it is definitely demotivating to live in a place without opportunities.

It can be assumed that if someone is “good enough” that they’ll eventually be “noticed” and obtain their dream job; naturally, this is bitterly unrealistic and doesn’t take into consideration outside factors.  One example is an excellent fellow programmer and good friend of mine, Freddy P., who has been in a visa-requesting process for the past three years – hence, he is unable to move to another country where he could have the opportunity to be interviewed with Google.

I might eventually get used to their visits, but I won’t take them for granted.

good friend and