This weekend was nice as we didn’t have any activities we had to go to. It was a pretty relaxing weekend with just watching shows, drawing with Karina, watching a movie with Lara, and playing cards with Lara, Bradon, and Emmanuelle.
So far this day has gone well. We started Unity today! I have to admit the views of the camera perspective vs the view to move things around can be super confusing.. I was having trouble figuring out where my camera was and light to get the perspective that I wanted. Hopefully it’ll get less confusing but I guess I can see where all of this disorientation in VR comes from. Hm I wonder if having more camera views would be more helpful or if it wouldn’t help. I also had a meeting with Evrim that turned out pretty short but it was still a great conversation. We talked a bit about her research and what industries are looking to work in that kind of stuff as well as the HCI program. Every day I feel more inclined to go for the masters in HCI as I feel it will give me a more interdisciplinary program which I feel I’ve been wanting.
To reflect on these past few weeks with the crash courses, I can honestly say they have been my favorite part of this program. I finally feel like I am exploring new programs I would have never really thought of or had the opportunity to look into at my university. I also feel like being here versus my university has given me a different dynamic and feeling overall. Here at ISU I feel like we are learning the same stuff but since the work is all interdisciplinary and we all come from different backgrounds it is harder to compare yourself to others and their work. In my program I feel that since we are all doing the same work and same projects that end up almost identical for the most part it is very very easy to compare your skills to your peers as you all have taken the same classes and taken the same path to get to this point and see the people who have picked it up more than you have. It can get a little discouraging at times (more often than not) but this program is actually really relieving in that sense that way I feel like I can focus more on the programs I’m learning instead of not feeling good enough. I hope that I can find a way to feel this same way back at my university when the fall semester starts but it isn’t as easy to disconnect yourself from when you are surrounded by it.