And in a flash, my first semester of graduate school and Notre Dame is over! Christmas has come and gone, and we sit and wait with anxiety for the new year to start, along with all the research, classes, and work it brings with it.
But in the meanwhile, lets dwell on the past instead of the future. What a great year filled with new experiences! Football games, graduate parties, apartment living, researching, TAing, paper writing – all these things are relatively new to me! I’ve been lucky to meet a great group of friends who have helped me greatly through the learning curve I’ve had to overcome.
I came to Notre Dame with a bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering, so naturally I had a bit of catching up to do in the Computer Science Department. I ended up taking a single graduate class and two undergraduate classes to try and make up some lost ground in the CSE field. There were some concepts and practices that were completely new to me, but thankfully I had a great set of friends who helped me through it.
Additionally, I was a TA for a class I had never taken before, Human Computer Interaction. While the material was very interesting and the class was a lot of fun, it was very challenging to stay ahead of the class in learning the concepts and terminologies enough to grade papers, quizzes, and tests. If there is anything that makes you feel like an adult, it is being in charge of grading and preparing course material for a bunch of students near or at your own age. Talk about stressful. But that’s ok, I’ve found some great outlets for creativity! I’ve joined the campus climbing club, and am even a part of our school’s improv team, The Humor Artists!
I was fortunate to land a spot in Notre Dame’s Computer Vision Research Lab researching Soft Biometrics and Re-Identification for the the DHS. I make sure I point that last part out everyone I know, because it makes me sound cool. Lets hope stuff doesn’t turn out like the terminator movies.
After all these great experiences, I think I’m ready to start another semester of it all. LETS DO IT!