Don’t let anyone second-guess you.
It’s rare occasions when the four of us can actually go out to dinner. With homework, exams, work, and sleep, life gets out of control. It’s clear as day that a social life while attending Poly is something you have to create and sustain, with a lot of hard work.
I used to think having a lot of friends was a great thing, but nearing the end of my second year, I realize that a handful of friends that truly understand me is good enough! You’ll learn that most people in college are still trying to find themselves. As a result, there aren’t many people who are ‘real’. I think I’m lucky enough to have found a few.
Since we’re all living in separate places, it’s hard to coordinate meals. Not to mention, our class schedules and classes no longer overlap like they did for the past year and a half. With best friends in completely different majors, I only know realize that our paths in life might be different, too!
We ate together at an Applebee’s near the Atlantic terminal in Brooklyn, about a 30 minute walk from poly. It was a pleasant dinner except that the waitresses seemed to like to forget about us and it took forever to get their attention for the check.
Afterwards, we headed over to a friends place at Avalon ( private apartments) to play pool and lounge around. I’m assuming, since almost every place of residence around here has a pool table, it’s New York thing? Growing up in Asian populated flushing, we didn’t have too many billiard places lol!
Anyways, today’s Saturday, so I’m going to hurry and get some groceries from Key Food. I like to cook enough on the weekends to last me the week :)
This is where I work! It’s the polytechnic tutoring center! Or PTC for short. What you can see are our three rooms of main tutoring.
I’m taking the picture from the writing center, hehe! Not much to see here except books and tables!
From morning until 6 PM, the center has tutors of all subjects sitting to help! Then from 6-9 the rooms are a dedicated math central!
Without the PTC, many people would not be doing as well in their classes. It’s an invaluable resource to students. Not only does it provide unlimited help, but with tutors who have excelled at the subject AND are your upper or fellow classmen, you’re sure to understand them!
At the writing center we work with individual students on various papers; lab reports, resumes, essays, English presentations. We help international students with our conversational cafe to help them gain confidence and practice their English speaking skills.
I’ve probably spent the most time in the math center. Almost every evening of my freshman year was spent 6-9 with the tutors. I’ve been working with them since calculus all the way until multivariable, differential, and even statistics. It’s a great feeling to know them. And even more amazing is knowing that they’ve seen how hard I’ve worked and are always willing to help me and guide me to more ways of grasping concepts. I’ve never been amazing at math, but I’ve always loved it! It’s just so intriguing.
Looks like I have an appointment in a few minutes! I will tell you how it goes!
Digital systems design midterm on Thursday! There aren’t enough hours in the day for me to catch up or study!
Between classes, food, friends, and homework, where do I put exam study time? Overnight of course!
Blast some pink songs, sipping some orange juice and just pushing through.
College teaches perseverance if nothing else :)
Google Games NEW YORK 2013
It was incredible! We were team Memory Leak from Polytechnic Institute of NYU~ and landed in an overall 15th place, beating some Columbia teams and all of the other Poly teams!
The challenges were fun and exciting, though difficult. As a team, we were just a couple of random classmates who decided to get together, but we were able to work together, divide and conquer the puzzles and came together as a team when necessary.
My favorite part was probably the Lego building or the word association completion! Puzzle round was so difficult! And the coding round had us pulling our hair out! We realized how relaxed our programming habits have become. It was a great time to see our shortcomings in quick thinking.
And finally, it was amazing to see the Google culture. The google volunteers were so kind and fun. They designed all the puzzles and put together a wonderful competition!
After the games were over, we were given a tour of the fifth floor of Google. My dream is now to work at google. For that dream, I’m going to work hard from today!
Oh by the way, the theme was superheroes. Memory Leak went as Teen Titans / hence our costumes! Can you guess who I was? ;)
Spring Break Summary!
Last week was our spring break at NYU-Poly! I enjoyed the luxury of a whole week without classes and tons of work! Of course, most of us slacked off and didn’t work at all! (As always, when we get breaks)
When I heard about the snowstorm Virgil, I was sort of hoping my finals on Monday would get delayed, but there was no such lucky outcome! Touche.
Anyways, over the spring break, I basically did everything except studying! :D Doesn’t that sound great for a poly student?
Check it out!::
This is the view from Brooklyn Bridge :) Went there a few times at night to enjoy the clear skies, great weather, and some sweet late night chats with the bestie :)
I visited a high school classmate at the City University of Baruch! It’s got a cool artsy inner architecture. I thought it was really interesting. Remember the stairways in harry potter? Seems a little like those!
Snapped some shots of Baruch’s recycling program for ideas at Poly.
Did you know Baruch has CLUB HOURS? It’s like some set of times during Mondays and Wednesdays when everyone is free of class and free to roam the club hallways -the most colorful places in all the building!
Baruch’s environment was really really different from poly’s. I think definitely like poly better! It’s more homely and makes you feel like you belong there. You know where all the secret hallways are and you can maneuver the maze floors! I think the charm of nyu-poly is it’s close knit community :)
There was a beautiful New York skyline sunrise from my window this morning.
My roommates are both away for spring break so it’s a little quiet and lonely in the room. I guess since it was the first night, I couldn’t really sleep as well….
But it’s okay! I brought some groceries and ill do some cooking practice this week :)