Tuesday, January 31, 2012

This too shall pass...

Hello again to my followers...

I know it's been a while but I'm going to try and fill you in on what's been going on and what's to come for me. :)

To start, this semester is starting off pretty well. Just to recap, I'm enrolled in Research Credits (which is always awesome) with Dr. Murphy-Hill, Requirements Engineering with Dr. Annie Anton - who is pretty awesome, and Algorithms with Matthias Stallman - who is also quite awesome. Despite the fact that it looks like I may have a light course load, let's also add in the fact that Algorithms is not easy (so far, a lot of math), Dr. Anton is going to make us read and write so the course is very literature heavy, and I'm also a part-time TA/ part-time RA. How you like them apples? ;) Although it's a lot, I'm kind of loving it! :D The classes are interesting, the professors are awesome, and I'm doing things I enjoy. What more can you ask for?  - except for it to be easy of course ^.^

Anyways, things have been going pretty good so far. Submitted my first paper to the ACM Student Research Comp at ICSE 2012 so really nervous about that. I think it's going to be ok, but now I gotta work on the full paper (for this competition, it only needed to be 2) for upcoming conferences such as FSE 2012. Also research related, my partner and I (Yoonki) are working on a prototype of a static analysis tool based off our study that we've done. So far Yoonki's been working on it while I work on the paper but we're going to help each other get better at the other, so it's going to be fun :)

Being a TA isn't too bad, especially under Dr. Murphy-Hill (I call him Dr. E :D ). And the class isn't huge so the grading's not too bad either (and I heard it can get pretty bad). Classes haven't fully picked up yet, but it's definitely getting there, I can feel it.

Sorry to be short...my boyfriend got sick and ended up in the hospital with heart failure so I've been here the past few days helping him get better (and making sure they take good care of him here!). He's getting better and hopefully I'll be able to bring him home tomorrow. In the mean time, I'm praying and I ask that you do to. :)

Until next time...

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Hello 2012!!

Mood: EXCITED!! :D

Hello again!! It's been a while, but I am back to fill you in on everything that is coming up for me (and maybe a few things that have already occurred and I just feel the need to share :) ).

First off, HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!! :D I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays as much as I did and are as ready to get back on the grind as I am. I've enjoyed this "break" but it's not time to get back to work.

Just to quickly fill you in on everything, classes start back tomorrow. My schedule this semester is rather light (3 courses-one for research credits) but on top of my classes I will be a research assistant AND a teaching assistant. Which means despite the fact that I only have classes Tues and Thurs, I technically have class Mon and Wed as well since I have to TA a class those days. I'm really excited, though...this is another new experience for me and I can't wait to see what it's like on the other side of the desk for once :). I will be TAing for Dr. Murphy-Hill (my advisor) so that makes it even better.

As far as research goes, I'm thinking this semester is going to be quite lovely as well! We are beginning development of a prototype and may even be traveling again to do more interviews (which is always exciting). There isn't much to share right now besides the fact that I am working on two papers -- at the same time!! Don't get too excited....one paper was already about done when I came on board. I just got to help improve it, which is still a contribution in my book :). I'm also working on a short paper for ICSE 2012, the ACM Research Competition. It would be too awesome to get two accepted papers in the same semester (which would coincidentally be my first two accepted papers ever!).

I don't want to make this too drawn out because I'm sure I'll have more to share once the semester starts...until next time... :D