Hi there! Just my second post for the year but I believe now is the right time to share some important moments and learnings from the past few months.
It's been a great year. Finally, I will be graduating this December after 3 years of overloading myself with courses and other work. Was it all worth it? Yes, it really was. The past one and a half years, since I have been in CSE, have been tough but what I am taking away is the understanding and belief that I would be able to overcome any challenge I face once I am out there. I feel great about the fact that I was able to expand my interests beyond CSE and continue to listen to podcasts (even attempted making one), read more and more books, learn about personal finance, contribute to open-source software, and learn from some great minds over at Harvard and MIT (which I plan to continue doing).
Making big decisions is never easy, especially when you are deciding which would be your first workplace out of college. Sometimes I feel I am overthinking the decision and I try to stay off from doing that but it is never easy. I remember just a year back I was trying to decide on where should I intern for the summer and looking back at it I feel so happy about my decision. I am nervous but also really excited to see what the final result is going to be.
Two great things that I am doing in my last quarter make me really happy. First, I stepped out of my comfort zone and took cryptography instead of any other easy class just before graduating and second I have navigated the challenges from the graduate level class I am TAing really well. Initially, it was intimidating to see so many graduate students coming to my Office Hours to ask me conceptual/homework questions but as the quarter progressed, I eased in the role well (so much that I always end up extending my OH beyond the normal hours). I have also tried to keep up with learning more and more about personal finance over the past 6 months as that is an important part of adult life and I feel happy that I got serious about it before graduating. Learning Rust has been a big thing for me this quarter and I am trying to get better at it by doing more questions in it and publishing my own crate (package). I do believe that golang and rust would get bigger over the next decade.
Dedicating my college success to my over-anxious parents who have been there cheerleading me the entire way.