Thursday, November 27, 2008

Taking a breath

So, for the first time since I went to Iceland in what feels like a year ago, I took 1.5 days semi-off from projects, problem sets, and etc. This all makes me feel thankful for Thanksgiving, but also made me start thinking... what have I given up? I'm trying to maximize everything that I'm in school for - learning, networking, clubs, projects with companies, being successful overall... but there are only 24 hours in a day.

For the longest time, I've rolled out of bed, started to work, and been doing that until I put my head back down on my pillow. Even on the off chances I go out for a bit, my mind is still on what I've just spent the past 14 hours on. I don't have fun. Luckily, my friends still care enough to send me happy Thanksgiving emails or texts despite the fact that I've fallen off the face of the Earth. What happened to going to the gym, reading for pleasure, playing musical instruments, recording, and generally enjoying life. I have three more weeks to hold on for, less actually - and then back to the drawing board.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Best late night after-class snack

So, after coming back from school at 10:30, like so many days before, I came upon a brownie with chocolate drizzled on it sold by Hershey's. Out of curiosity, I bought it, through it in the microwave, and voila, the best late night after-class snack ever... accompanied by a glass of milk.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

This feels good

Got home at 10:30 tonight from a 15 hour grad school day... Only difference, is that I have no homework to do tonight. How nice. This feels good.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Social Networking Hits Argentina

Since I can remember, I've been traveling to Argentina to visit my family there. Something that has always struck me is how far behind the technology always was. When computers were already ubiquitous in the US, they were still a novelty there. I can still recall black and white TVs being widespread, etc...

In the past two weeks, I've been flooded with social networking invitations from my generation (not surprising), but also my parent's generation which is interesting. They seem to have a lot more adoption there among the baby-boomers than here in the US. It feels a little odd still, but I guess that that was all going to hit South America at some point.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Surviving Hell Week

It's been a while since I've posted, but once again, school has gotten the better of me. This past week in particular was hell!

Aside from having assignments due in every class, and more than 1 in some, there were recruiting events nearly every lunch and every evening. I'd be out of the house from 8AM-11PM, and when I'd get back, it was time to start the homework for the next day.

In one respect, the crazy workload was a surprisingly positive thing: it's amazing how focused you get when it's midnight, and you need to finish up something so you can get some hours of sleep. Kind of like, you don't know how far you can go unless you really push yourself to the extreme.

In any case, I'm looking at a four day weekend now, and trying to fight off the jaded numbness of burn out to keep up the good fight.