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Winter Quarter ’16
March 13, 2016

Aside from having two more finals to take, I’m pretty much done with Winter Quarter. This means I have one more quarter to go before I graduate! It’s pretty exciting to see how far I’ve come along over the years. This quarter was pretty hectic at the beginning because I kept on getting court summons and had to miss a handful of classes. Safe to say, things worked out at the end (don’t mess with my cyber ninja skillz~).

The hardest class I took this quarter is Computer Forensics. This class does a great job of calling out students who are careless about the word choice in their forensics report. Eg. “On your report, you stated that this person was angry when he sent the e-mail message. Where within his message does he state that he is angry? Are you an expert in psychology to know that he is angry?” It makes sense since these reports are submitted in court trials in the real world. My favorite part about this class is the technical part where we have to use forensics software to examine the electronic evidence.

The three other classes I took are Ethics in Agriculture, Managerial Statistics, and Marketing. At this point, I am pretty much done with my electives and synthesis classes. I was a bit bummed out about my agriculture class because I had a different expectation about the type of “ethics” we would learn about. I rather learn why GMO’s should or shouldn’t be used instead of what philosophers think, but that’s just me. Statistics and marketing were pretty bearable. I enjoyed statistics for once because we had a chance to use the software throughout the course (much easier than calculating things by hand). My professor for marketing was hilarious and was effective in getting his message across.

I had the opportunity to continue my teacher’s assistant job this quarter for 2 professors. It’s a great experience because one the professors had me take over two class sessions to guide students through their projects. I don’t mind teaching as long as people are willing to do their work and not ask for answers for the whole project. I’m more than happy to help anyone with specific questions! In addition, my turnover rate for grading assignments is pretty fast (within 2 days).

Random Goodies
  • A milestone reached: Qualified for the final round of a cyber security CTF competition.
  • Constant cravingTacos please 🌮🌮~
  • Biggest challenge: Senioritis sort of hit me at the beginning of the quarter but I found my mojo halfway through.
  • Favorite purchase: I bought a white wallet from Coach at the beginning of the quarter. I think I’m in the stage where I want everything I have to be white (or silver).
  • Favorite date: When my boyfriend and I went to a Japanese restaurant for omakase. Best. Nigiri. Ever.
  • Being grateful: I’m grateful for getting into all of my classes, especially Computer Forensics. I’m also grateful for having awesome friends who brings in good vibes.

9 Responses

  1. Tara ☆ March 14, 2016 at 1:40 am

    Whoo hoo! Good on you for overcoming that senioritis, girl! I totally get you about wanting to slack off, but it’s better to not to in the long run. I never really slacked off in uni because I was paying for my classes and I didn’t want my tuition to go to waste because of my own poor choices! Trust me when I say paying for the tuition alone acted as a great motivator XD

    Yay for only having one more quarter. You’re so close to that huge milestone! I know it feels like it’s ages away, but that time will go by fast :3

    It sounds like your computer forensic class was the most challenging, but it sounds like that challenge really made you like the class — if not, it’s definitely a memorable class! I am still wondering about that agriculture class of yours, and while . . . it seems like a good class, I am not sure if I’d chosen to take that myself ^^;

    Good on you for being an excellent teacher’s assistant! I’m sure they and the students appreciated all that you’ve done for them 😀 Your turnover rate is also speedy and great!

    Anyway, good luck with your final quarter for your undergrad! I’m sending you all the good vibes to you!

    • Nancy ☆ March 17, 2016 at 7:43 am

      Now that you mentioned it, a lot of people -do- take advantage of having subsidized higher education and slack off all the time. Meanwhile, there are people who actually paid for their education out of their own pockets and studied very hard. Much kudos to you for being independent and having a strong willpower at studying :D.

      They say the computer forensics class is a “sticky” class because we have a lab where students are called out one by one about what they did wrong on the report in front of the class. We’ll see if that moment still sticks in a year from now XD. I would recommend this agriculture class to no one!!!!! Unless they’re philosophy junkies, which they will ace the class no problem XD.

  2. Jenni ☆ March 15, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Wow, sounds like you’ve been busy! What does the cyber security competition involve?

    • Nancy ☆ March 17, 2016 at 7:45 am

      Most of the time, there are password cracking, network traffic analysis, cryptography, sql inject, web vulnerabilities, and packet editing files involved. There’s a pretty big range of possibilities that can be involved in this kind of competition. 🙂

  3. Pauline ☆ March 15, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    Omg, I’m so excited for you! Graduation is in a year for me but I am so excited, I love studying, I love university but I can’t wait to feel that whole thing pay off into an award and celebration! 😀 EEE, excited for your upcoming blogs 😉

    Computer Forensics sounds AMAZING and… difficult. I wish I was smart enough to even try to understand what it entails 😉

    Good vibes = Keep them! I’ve had so many friends who bring me down and my mood down but when I met lovely company, it was awesome! And does make a huge difference.

    • Nancy ☆ March 17, 2016 at 7:45 am

      Thanks for the good vibes, girly ♥`~

  4. Michelle ☆ March 17, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    I’m grateful to have friends like you, Nancy! 🙂 Keep doing what you do and you’ll make it through school alright. I believe in you!

  5. Claudine ☆ March 19, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Wow, your classes sound interesting! The Computer Forensics is really intriguing, and I like the example that you gave on the questions being raised in class. That’s indeed a valid point and you really have to be careful not to make assumptions or wrong interpretations in cases like those 😀

    I’m so excited for you! The last few terms before graduation are the most exciting (and sometimes the scariest) times. Good luck and I know you can do it! 🙂

  6. Georgie ☆ March 25, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Interesting what you learn in computer forensics! When things are used as evidence in court I suppose it has to be taken exactly as it is, so you cannot assume things about the person’s feelings or anything that is not written in ‘black and white’. My brother is studying psychology and he learns a lot of similarly interesting things! I enjoy it. It really makes you think.

    When I worked at an education centre I really ended up liking it, but it was hard when students did not do their work! When they appreciate you as a tutor it feels great.

    I am in the stage where I want everything in rose gold! I usually pick most things in red or teal. Hahaha. 😀

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