Initial Impressions

Today is the third day of my last semester (Summer II). Lately I realised how quickly this is ending. Graduation is on August 12 (at 2:00 p.m.). That’s pretty soon. I still haven’t applied for any jobs, although I have started looking. I also found out today that my move-out date is August 12 (at noon). That should be interesting. I guess I’ll load all my stuff up in the morning, take it down to San Antonio, and then drive back up to graduate.

My first class of the day is at 8:00 a.m. It seems I’ve come full circle, as I’ve not had a class that early since my first year of college. The busses don’t even run that early. The class is Unix System Programming with Dr. Davis. He’s old school. He says lie-nux. He prefers monochrome terminals to color ones. And he likes case sensitive file names. This should be fun.

I actually am looking forward to the class. I’ve wanted to write shell scripts before, but not had the know-how to accomplish my tasks. I might even take a stab at it tonight.

My other class, Software Engineering Project, follows at 10:00. (These classes are 1:40 long.) It’s with Dr. Hall, who’s young, but also an old-school lie-nux nerd. And he plays D&D to boot. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

On the first day, Dr. Ali, the head of the CS department came in and told us that the class might get cancelled. That would have been horrible, as the next time it’s offered is in the spring. He didn’t get back to us for about 8 hours, which was a very scary time. Luckily, he closed another class and had them merge with us.

We picked groups and projects today. I got the group that I wanted. For a second I thought he was going to randomly assign us, which would have sucked. We’re doing a project that will actually be used by the school for its Website, which is cool (and should look good on a resume). We’re using C# and ASP.NET, which will be a learning experience.

All in all, I’m glad it’s nearly over, but it’s also rather daunting to face the end of something that I’ve known for as long as I can remember.

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