Today involved a fun amount of rain. I think only in the rain do I regret having poor eyesight; it’s so hard to run in the rain when you can’t see anything. It was my first downpour in Iowa, but it wasn’t bad. I think there’s a kind of camaraderie shared in the misery of having to endure heavy rain together.
I’m going to finish my last Machine Learning homework assignment tonight (I think… there’s only one question left that I’m kind of iffy about) and work on that final project report. I also need to study for my Intro to Computer Systems final. My teacher graciously offered me a TA-ing position for that class, and so I really need to do well on this final (more because I don’t want to disappoint him rather than because I want to make an A in the class). It’s weird how much more motivated I can be for a class when the teacher is encouraging.
Today, we learned some more about C++ programming. The assignments have increased in difficulty, and there’s a bug in my code that’s currently annoying me, but I don’t have the time to solve it yet. The literature review is somewhat of a slog, but it’s necessary. I think that our idea will become clarified by the end of the week.
Today, it also struck me how much I like this cohort of interns and my project group. I spent some time last night going over some past intern’s blog posts, and it’s interesting to note the change from the beginning of posts to the end. There seems to be whiffs of trepidation and clumsiness in the beginning as interns figure out their projects, and then the posts get really short (probably because they don’t have time to blog). The end feels like an emphatic stop, though- no resolution or reflection. I want to see where the past interns are, now. How they feel like this experience has helped (or hindered) them in their adventures. I really hope that in the next 8 weeks, I’ll like my future self.
Finally, we got our paychecks today. I can’t wait for this money to be deposited… I think I have to actually buy a pot, pan, and knife to cook with. Evidently, I’m the only person in my apartment who’ll be cooking this summer. This might be a good summer to bleach and dye my hair.