12:59AM, Reflection on College

by Tony Chung on May 8, 2007

This is one the last weeks of my undergrad at SJSU. I’ll be graduating at the end of May (17 days and counting) with an Electrical Engineering degree on a full-ride scholarship. It’s 12:59AM as I type this and I just got home from school. I’ve gotten used to this schedule in the last week due to final projects, final exams, and more projects. I know 5-10 years down the road, I’ll remember these days, working on projects with some of my closest classmates late into the night at school.

Some of the skills I’ve honed through college and will stay with me for a while:

  • Time managmement. I maxed twelve courses in my last two semesters. If you want decent grades doing engineering and six courses, you better damn well learn to manage your time. I’m still learning.
  • Deadlines. Without deadlines => you get lazy => you don’t accomplish things => you suck.
  • The art of working hard. In my first year, I had to maintain above a 3.25GPA to keep my scholarship. In my second year, 3.3. In my third year, 3.5. The courses only get harder. Work hard or else.
  • Multitasking. My junior year: four classes, 30 hours a week at Cisco, writing a song a week for my album. This week: LawYours on Thursday, senior project (culmination of one year of work) due Friday, final exam tomorrow.
  • Networking. Not so much meeting people at school. But meeting people through people at school. It’s helpful and totally beneficial in unpredictable ways.

1:08AM now. That took 9 minutes to write. 9 minutes of reflection on college. =) Good night.

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