CS371p Fall 2021: Week 5

What did you do this past week?

This past week, I went to OOP lectures and had a lot of org events and assignments due. It was a pretty draining week, so I had to take out a lot of time to focus on my wellbeing.

What’s in your way?

It’s been hard balancing my CS classes this semester, and it always feels like I’m behind on projects and assignments. I think it’s a mix of being back in person and getting used to the full swing of things and the classes themselves, but this is something that has been stressing me out for a while now.

What will you do next week?

Next week, me and my programming partner will continue to work on the Voting project for OOP. I also have an Algo test next Wednesday that I will need to spend some time studying for. I also will need to work on a project for Compilers and work on Competitive Programming.

If you read it, what did you think of the Paper #5: Pair Programming?

I’ve read this paper a couple times in my CS classes, but it’s always nice having a refresher on pair programming. I liked the end of the paper when the “rules” of pair programming were being described. It made the paper lighthearted and made it easy to remember how to correctly pair program.

What was your experience of vector, list, and deque, and invalidation? (this question will vary, week to week)

I remember learning something similar to this in SWE, so it was easy to pick up and understand. It’s cool seeing the similarities and differences between these types of ideas in Python and C++.

What made you happy this week?

One of my brothers recently moved to Austin, and I went over to his apartment on Thursday for dinner and to catch up. It has been nice having family so close to me, especially during stressful weeks like these. One of my good friends from Dallas also visited this week, and I spent a lot of time catching up with him.

What’s your pick-of-the-week or tip-of-the-week?

Something I learned this week is that it’s ok to step away from school if it benefits your mental health. Personally, a lot happened this week to the point where I had to take two days off of school to just focus on myself. It really helped me relax and overall was a huge benefit to my mental health and academics (ironically).

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