Eep! I want to be a better communicator in conjunction with being a better programmer. It’s difficult to convince other people that I know something. I think the key is to understand things more deeply, and to practice talking enough to feel comfortable. I’m also working on being patient with fumbling and stumbling in the meantime.
A Skype interview is scheduled for this Friday. I’m so happy that the facilitators are interested in having me at Hacker School!
I know I learn much better in a safe space where I feel comfortable asking questions. Hacker School certainly would help me deepen and accelerate my understanding of programming! I can’t wait to meet great mentors who will believe as strongly as I do that I will benefit from this experience.
In BIOL 551: Principles of Cellular Control, I have the opportunity to select a paper to present. We’re divided into groups with an overarching topic, and my group is focusing on decision-making. What’s neat about this course is that the students are from the biology, quantitative biology, or computer science and biology programs. Each student can contribute different information to the group, based on personal preference.
I’ve decided that I want to learn more about Bayesian networks, so that’s what I’m going to do! I found a promising paper so far: Bayesian analysis of signaling networks governing embryonic stem cell fate decisions by Woolf PJ et al.
Finding the right balance between multiple disciplines can be challenging, but it pays off when you discover something that interests you. When it comes to academic assignments, I know it’s tempting to choose what seems easy. If you want to make the most out of your university experience, take the things you don’t want to do and transform them.
University can also be pretty rigid though. Sometimes it’s not easy to rework degree programs into personalized learning trajectories, but take advantage of any opportunities you get! If you think you’re wasting your time, make sure you aren’t. Explore your options, talk to professors, use student services. Make it your own.
I’m currently taking COMP 424: Artificial Intelligence at McGill. It’s very theory-based, and there is a ton of material to cover.
This is the kind of course I wish I could spend a year doing, rather than a semester. It would be amazing to learn how to properly implement everything we discuss in class! It would be even more amazing if we could have enough TAs to grade our entire assignments instead of one or two questions.
AI makes me feel like I know extremely little about what machines and people who program machines are capable of. It’s mind-blowing! It’s intriguing! I’m not going to learn what I want to know from this course, but at least it has revealed something that mystifies me! Moving forward, I want to expand my brain with this subject, accumulate practical knowledge, and do a cool thing or two or more.
I was suddenly convinced that this summer would be a great time to do it instead. I just sent off my application! This is exciting!
I’m really looking forward to finding out what organizations and projects will be available for Google Summer of Code and the Outreach Program for Women!
At the moment, I’m most interested in:
I had a good time at CUSEC 2014, especially after being more involved with helping out and talking to more people.
There were some great talks. I also got to introduce the famous Julia Evans! Plus, as part of the organizing team, I had the chance to chat with speakers and sponsors over lunches and dinners.
I was amazed that some of my Twitter friendships were comfortable when they were translated to face-to-face interactions. People inspired me in thoughtful conversations. I relaxed a bit more during the social events. (I couldn’t handle the St-Sulpice and its sketchiness though. I’m glad Tavish took me and Alex to Else’s where I was more comfortable.)
Thanks to everyone who helped me feel included in this community!
I’m extremely glad that I’ve talked to people about things that worry me. It keeps me in check. It reminds me that I care about this field.