Happy March! I know I said I would probably do a favorites post bi-weekly, but I had quite a few things happen this past week that I’ve been excited about! I am currently working on other content for my blog as well, so I will hopefully edit and publish those soon. In the meantime, here are my favorites from this week!
College Basketball Game
Last Saturday, I went to a college basketball game with my family. NC State (which is where my brother went to college) was competing against Pittsburgh, and NC State won! I never really went to sports games when I was in college (I was too busy traveling to quidditch tournaments, and my university was not well-known for sports anyways), but it was so exciting! They even included many superhero references on the center screens during the beginning of the game/time-outs, and I even spotted someone dressed up like Spider-Man!
Finished With Midterms (well, almost)
Two out of my four classes had midterms this week, and I am happy that they’re over with! One of my other classes appears to have an exam instead of a midterm, and I have the midterm for my other class later this month. It’s nice to have them spread out so I don’t have to stress over them all in one week!
New Earrings (and a Ring)
I received a gift card to Kohl’s last Christmas, and after I finished my proctored midterm on-campus, I shopped a little bit and picked up some new jewelry! I personally love Lauren Conrad’s collection-she has so many cute animal and nature designs! I found two pairs of earrings and a ring on sale. I actually broke a pair of bee earrings that I had, so I was happy to finally find a replacement! I also found a pair of cute leaf-themed ones, and since I don’t have many rings for my smaller fingers, I added this ring to my collection as well.
Heard Back From an Internship?!
Let’s be honest-I do not apply to nearly enough jobs that I should. This past week, however, I actually heard back from one of the internships I applied for and was invited to do a coding interview! As this is my first interview in the computer science field, I’m not sure if I’ll do well. It is certainly a great step forward though, and it will allow me to get a better idea of how the interview process works. From what I’ve read, it seems to be more in-depth than other fields. There’s coding (either online or on a physical whiteboard in front of people-talk about nerve-racking!), answering questions about algorithms and data structures, and of course typical interview questions about your background/experiences/aspirations.
Even if I do not get this position, it was motivating to see that my resume made it past the first stage (normally I receive rejection after rejection)! I now plan on working more on interview prep and possibly creating/working on my own coding projects that I can discuss with interviewers (and include on my resume).
I wrote a post on Udemy last year, but I haven’t utilized it as much as I should. Especially with all of my classes, it can be difficult to find the time and energy to research new topics on my own. After being invited to the coding interview (and undergoing a few other realizations), I was motivated to start learning on my own terms in addition to my classes.
Yesterday I spent a few hours on a course about Python Flask, and it was actually fun. It was mainly a refresher on things I have already learned, but I’m looking forward to learning more! In one of my classes we are starting to learn about Django, so it’ll be interesting to see firsthand how these two web frameworks for Python vary. I actually heard about Flask from a classmate last semester who used it during a hackathon. Maybe I’ll try to attend one of those soon too as it seems like they’re a good way for beginning programmers to learn new skills and network.
All the Pretty Girls by J.T. Ellison
I have not explored any new tv shows/movies this week (I’ve honestly still been obsessing over The Rookie, especially now that there’s a new episode every week), but I’m currently reading All the Pretty Girls by J.T. Ellison. The story follows Lieutenant Taylor Jackson and FBI profiler John Baldwin as they pursue a serial killer-‘The Southern Strangler”-as he kills across the southeast US. Suspense/crime/mystery is one of my favorite genres to read, so I’ve enjoyed this book so far. I wouldn’t call it a stand out book yet, but then again, I haven’t made it far into the story yet.