Today has been a pretty laid back day so far. This morning we got an introduction to C++. I took C++ for 2 semesters at my University in PR, so the review was too simple. But here at SPIRE-EIT, the C++ course is a crash course so it’s only going to get more intensive from here on out. It would serve to brush up on my C++ programming skills, as well as learn things I might have overlooked in then past or not understood well. I’m not too stressed out about it anymore. The grad student teaching it is really smart and there are other students here in the program with me who have taken C++ too. I can ask for their help too.
Even in the short time span we have been working in C++ ( learning Hello World, understanding basic syntax, learning how to print on a screen, commentating, and couple of other basic things), I have been able to see what good practices other CS students have developed from their programs in other Universities.
At lunch time we ate. But I also got to talk to my other peers and got some backstory into their lives. I learned how they got into Computer Science, and what twists and turns their lives took which led them get to where they are today. It’s kind of refreshing to know that I am not alone. My life has had its fair share of obstacles and events that have made my path not so straightforward. Seeing how others have overcome theirs and simply the fact that they’ve opened up about it helps me trust them better.