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Keeping Up With Spring Quarter
April 20, 2015


Spring quarter started three weeks ago and wow, where did the time go? I thought spring quarter is supposed to be a lot calmer than fall and winter quarter (for some reason) but here I am, trying to keep up with the things I have to do. Good news is I’m still alive and on track on buying a Mustang ;).

IT Competition

Most of the reason why I have been so busy these past few weeks is because of the IT Competition. My team competed in the most competitive category where there are cyber security and forensic gurus so it was no easy stroll in the park. Basically, we were given a scenario and some digital evidence regarding an alleged crime and we have to recover information then generate an analysis report regarding the findings we have. We have to use specific phrases such as, “The evidence suggests […]” while having to refrain from using, “In the forensics investigation […]” because we are generally making assumptions based on what we found. Despite of the tough competition, I believe my team did a really good job in finding the evidence and piecing together the report. We used several forensics tools including the all mighty Forensics ToolKit. This whole competition was a fun experience.

Adventures
  • Watched Furious 7 with my boyfriend on opening day. It was a really great movie with it being revolved around cars and action. The tribute at the end was on point too.
  • Foodie Outings: Bucket of crab legs at Joe’s Crab Shack, overpriced oysters at a local sushi place (darn cravings), and calamari + full rack of ribs at Yard House.
  • Successfully made corn chowder soup for the first time yesterday!
  • Pieced together another jar of lucky bamboo on rocks, eucalyptus diffuser, and decorated my room with 24″ worth of flowers to give my room life.
  • Scheduled to give a workshop on Thursday to high school students of the basic hands-on tools of cyber security.
Spring Quarter (first third)

Being three weeks late into giving my first impressions of my classes, I might as well do a recap of the first third of the quarter (or something).

Finance (Part Deux)
As much as I dislike accounting of all kinds, I rather go through this track than the math + physics track computer science/engineering students have to go through. I’ve seen some weird things happening in the upper division math courses (based on my boyfriend’s notes/homework) and I definitely want to avoid that ;).

Long story short, the professor wasn’t accepting anyone from the waitlist (which I was in) and would notify anyone who actually stuck around until after add/drop period ends if they made it into the class or not, which would be too late by that time in the case that she decides not to take anyone in. Coincidentally enough in a unique situation like this, my friend/coworker’s family member is the chair for this department at school. Even though the department chair couldn’t convince the professor to add students on time, the professor ended up adding the couple of students including myself after the add/drop period. I ended up enrolling in a different Finance class that was really bad because I wouldn’t be able to add after the add/drop period. Working with the department chair and her staff member, I dropped the class I added so they can contact the registrar’s office to add me into the class. This whole process took around 4 days but I’m happy things worked out at the end even despite the unnecessary frustration I felt. Hurray for connections!

Introduction to Management
This is my first ever online class… Mostly because I actually got into the class and it’s suppose to be a really class given the condition that you remember to do all of your work on time. I think this online class is a better option than actually going to class because I don’t need to waste time in class listening through lectures on things I already know. Would this class be the qualifier for me to become a chief information/security officer for a company one day?

Systems Design & Analysis
I shouldn’t be surprised about the fact that there are so little females (in count) in my major. So far, we’re going through the topic of how Project Management operates through information technology. Thanks to work experience (through observation), I had an idea how Project Management worked, but I didn’t know how to apply information technology to it. I suppose this makes more sense if the company is IT-based instead of non-IT manufacturing-based.

Responsive Web Design & Development
Professor: *Asks 6 web design questions*
Me: *Answers all 6 of them*
Professor: What? Are you guys going to let her answer all of the questions?
Me: 😀

I wish I can be just as knowledgeable in all of my classes like this one. We’re going over the basics in HTML at the moment, but hopefully things will pick up so we can move into javascript and other fun goodies. I’m really looking forward to this class because the professor can give some pretty good ‘talks’ about any subject that will blow your mind such as connecting religion to web development (and based on the ‘talks’ he gave during a couple of the security club meetings I attended before).

Now that the IT Competition is over with, time to catch up with school and commenting eventually.

9 Responses

  1. Tara ☆ April 20, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    That competition sounds intense! Even if your team doesn’t win, you’ve gained a lot of good experience through it! 😀

    AND OOOH. Corn chowder. Which recipe did you use or did you just do your own thing and make the magic happen? If it’s the former, please share!

    Good luck with the workshop you’re scheduled to give! You’ll rock it! ^^

    Finance, management . . . *head spins* I’d not been able to handle those classes. I like my arts too much to go into the non-artsy classes.

    And your web design class sounds like an easy A. XD I do hope it will get more challenging for you later on. But still, it’s funny you answered everything. You go!

    Good luck with the remainder of the quarter! <3

  2. Kya ☆ April 21, 2015 at 6:30 am

    The competition sounds so interesting and fun. It would also have been a big challenge, but I am glad that your team was able to do a good job! 😀

    Thankfully you did get into that class. It’s good that you could have some help there. 🙂

    I hope your first online class goes well. Sometimes it can be hard, but if you make sure you have clear reminders and do the work at specific times, it should be fine. 😀

    Aha, you are the master of the inter webs design. 😀 Hopefully you move into the more ‘advanced’ stuff soon. 🙂

  3. Michelle ☆ April 23, 2015 at 12:08 am

    Oh my goodness, I still need to see Furious 7!!! I wanna see it more than ever. I can’t believe I didn’t. I only had one friend that disliked it, but the rest loved it. I know what kind of movie it is, and that’s fine. Man, the ending will get me teared up no doubt.

    Good luck!

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  4. Cat ☆ April 23, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    That IT Competition sounds really interesting! I’m glad you had fun with it!

    That’s nice that you were able to make it into the Finance class from the waitlist. I’m probably opposite of you on that. I liked the upper division math courses I took in college 🙂 I’ve never taken an online class before, but I’m not a big fan of sitting and listening to lectures either. I hope this one works out well!

    Sounds like Systems Designs & Analysis might be useful! haha, that looks like you’ll have an easy time in the Web Design course 🙂 Hopefully it’ll go into some new things so you won’t be bored. Good luck on everything!

  5. Claudine ☆ April 24, 2015 at 9:26 am

    That IT Competition sounds tough, especially with the other teams that are also in the contest. But no matter the result, I’m sure you guys learned a lot and I think that’s a good takeaway 🙂

    Reading about your finance and management classes makes me miss college (I was a Finance major) 🙁 It’s good though that you managed to get into the class; I agree that sometimes you really need connections to make things work for you. 😛

  6. Liz ☆ April 25, 2015 at 5:02 am

    The forensics stuffs sounds really cool! Are you planning to become a forensics investigator (not sure of the right term(s) right now, blah) with it, or something else?

    What’s a bamboo on rocks? 😮

    I want to see Furious 7, but I likely won’t get to in theaters and will have to wait until it comes out to DVD/Netflix/Hulu — or, let’s face it: television. :/ Blah. I’ll get back to driving again eventually.

    Freshman year of high school, I answered all the web design-/development-related questions, and I may have annoyed the teacher. :l He’d just give me “busy work”, which ranged from me defining “complex” terms without a dictionary (e.g. HTML terms, acronyms, etc.; domain terms, acronyms, etc.; etc.). And then he just let me play games because he “ran out of things to teach” me and the school wouldn’t let him transfer me to the second version of the class without having the first credit. >.> It’s good your teacher didn’t get upset with you over knowing all the answers!

  7. pixiechronicle ☆ April 26, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Wow, seems you had an exciting life. The IT Competition seems tough but based on your story, it’s going fine. If you put a lot of effort in something, it would really pay off.

    I plan to watch Furious 7. I think this would be really thrilling.

    By the way, this is my first time in your blog. This looks really simple but regal in a way. Your shots are high quality. I really appreciate your place. 🙂

  8. Jhanz ☆ April 27, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Looks like a hectic spring, I must say! 🙂 I hope you still find the time to rest and take a break 😀

  9. Raisa ☆ April 28, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    The competition sounds like a great experience! You guys did great just by participating. I’m sure you learned a lot. 😀

    Your webdev class sounds like a lot of fun. XD I’d love to hear how religion connect to webdev!

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