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Winter 2015 Finale
March 21, 2015


A few days late but winter quarter is finally over! This quarter was pretty hectic with the heavy core class load, but I’m glad to have one of the hardest quarters out of the way. Despite of the busy scheduling, I still found some time to do things (see my previous post about finding my inner chi).

Finance

So it seems like accounting strikes again through the form of “corporate finance”. This class was all about values of bonds, stocks, present/future annuities, and so on. I didn’t really enjoy the class too much because the professor mostly complains about students not reading the chapter ahead of time, teaches a couple of concepts in a few minutes, and only cared about what the scores were for the soccer games. Though the only thing I enjoyed was talking to my professor in some simple Farsi. Hopefully the next (and hopefully last) finance class won’t be this bad!

Database Design & Development

Database management has been catching my attention for a good while and this class was a perfect stepping stone for me. I actually enjoy setting up the SQL queries and creating some neat queries with some specific business rules for our group project. In a way, this class helped me understand my work’s ERP a bit better but I’m technically working with a huge database but in a nicer user interface.

Intermediate Java

At first, I was intimidated by the “intermediate” part of the course title. I found out this class is easier than expected because I already knew about basic GUI programming from my previous java class (even though it was really bad) and this professor taught us a better way in creating a GUI program. Long story short, I actually enjoyed programming for once and knew what’s going on! Following the goals post I made last summer, I finally feel comfortable with java so yaaaaaaaay.

Business Telecommunications

Lastly, there’s telecommunications. This class lacked structure and out of all classes, I would’ve preferred if the material was taught in class instead of having to be self-taught from reading the networking engineering book. I do have to admit, it’s pretty interesting to know the logic behind how IP addresses are formed, assigned, and used in a network whether it’s internal or external. The funnest part of this class was where we had to set up an Ubuntu-based web server from scratch and creating a login/registration form that actually works- which means we needed to attach a database to hold the user and password list as well. I had fun going crazy with the css even though it was unnecessary. This class was a challenge (considering how we had to learn on our own) and telecom is no easy subject. Thankfully, I had help from a friend so I understood a handful of concepts better :D.

Adventures of Week IX & X of Bronconess

More adventures followed after week eight and it’s time to wrap them up in this winter quarter finale post!

  • Went to eat all you can eat sushi with one of the VP’s a couple of weeks ago.
  • Drove over 250 miles from school to LA to San Diego as a volunteer driver for my high school’s drumline competition. We ended up going to the beach afterward, except I left a few minutes after with whoever wanted to leave early.
  • Surprised my dad with a birthday cake from 85C Bakery Cafe last week.
  • Went to the school’s dining hall for their St. Patrick’s Day special during lunch with my boyfriend (after promising me to take there for “fine dining” after almost 3 years :D).
  • Finally met Isi (the co-owner of our hosting/blogger) after all these years of knowing her when she was was traveling in town this week. I drove out 45 minutes to go meet her and had dinner at BJ’s. Totally worth it ;).
  • Had an end-of-the-quarter dinner celebration with a friend at a Premium Korean BBQ place last night.
  • Treated myself to a Coach bag (from the store itself) as an end-of-the-quarter present.

Spring break is finally here! My boyfriend and I are going on a road trip up to Yosemite and San Francisco this week :D.

7 Responses

  1. Tara ☆ March 22, 2015 at 12:30 am

    Awww, where’s the Coach purse? I wanna see!

    And whoo hoo for surviving this semester. Sounds like two of your classes weren’t that great, especially the one who complained about students (?!) and the one who pretty made it be a self-taught class O_o; I hope your next quarter is better!

    And huzzah for meeting online friends 😀 I’m glad you got to meet Isi! The birthday cake looks so good, btw. But is it really tamarisu or tiramisu? It looks like tiramisu, but maybe tamarisu is a new things I don’t know about?

    Enjoy your vacation in San Fran with your boyfriend! I look forward to your entry about that! ^^

    • Nancy ☆ March 22, 2015 at 10:41 am

      The store is shipping it out because it is on backorder but stay tuned ;). The cake is Tiramisu but I had a dyslexic moment *o*. But yes :D.

  2. Kya ☆ March 22, 2015 at 2:16 am

    That’s great that you have gotten those classes out of the way and were able to learn many different things. A shame that some of the professors did not seem that interested. -_-

    How awesome that you got to meet your friend, that would have been really great. 😀

  3. Cat ☆ March 22, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    Sounds like the Finance professor wasn’t that good 🙁 That’s too bad that it wasn’t enjoyable. Hopefully the next one will be better!

    I’m glad you enjoyed your database and Java class at least! I didn’t have a great database professor, but the class was still really helpful in learning queries and schema design. I’m also glad that the Java class made you enjoy programming!

    Having to self teach yourself a class can be tough. My CS program used to require a self-taught class, and a lot of people had trouble with it. That’s good that you had a friend who could help!

    Have fun on your road trip! I hope you blog about it later! 😀

  4. Wild Hearts + Green Tea ☆ March 24, 2015 at 2:38 am

    These classes sound very interesting, and kind of complicated 🙂 Though, it’s a lot of fun learning about them from you. Hope you’ll have a great time on the road trip!

  5. Penda ☆ March 24, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    I wanna see the Coach bag too! Congrats for surviving! Where I’m from, we just wrapped up the school year and everyone’s graduating. Hahaha Intermediate labels also scare me too but I trust I’m experienced enough to handle it of I managed to crawl my way to that class

    Have a great Spring Break!

    Lots of lovin’
    Penda

  6. Michelle ☆ March 26, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Ooh, you have a Coach purse, too? I only it from my cousin for only 30 dollars when originally it was 90 dollars. Still, that’s great everything ended for now, and you can rest.

    You always pick such interesting and hard classes. You are indeed brave to take them. Haha

    Happy birthday to your dad!~ And I’m glad that you treated yourself for all your accomplishments this quarter. I’m very proud of you Nancy!

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