The days fly by way too fast when life is good; we’re somehow already hallway through my last term of school! I’m living on campus this term—MKV, 404E—and it’s better than I was expecting. There’s a decent kitchen and living room, cozy bedrooms, no hassle of monthly bills, and some amazing roommates: Roman, Mickey, and Rahul.
Roman Zimine (4B CS) is a Russian/Korean dude. He’s on the quieter side, but he’s smart (he’ll be heading to VMWare this summer), makes awesome food out of nothing, and is improving ridiculously fast at volleyball.
Mickey Laguta is an awesome (Latvian) dude, 3A Civil Engineering. Always happy and smiling, he makes life in this little apartment easy. From drumming and DJing to coming home and making blanket forts, I’m glad to know Mickey.
Finally, Rahul Prabhakar. He’s in 4B CS but I met him for the first time at Peek in NYC (even though we apparently had a bunch of classes together). We get along as good as anyone can, adventuring and talking about anything and everything. Hopefully he’ll end up coming to Seattle with me this fall!
Together, we form an interesting group. There’s continually laughter filling the apartment, we cook food together, work out together, play volleyball together, and relax together. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of guys!
I fill my days with work and school. I’m still working part–time for Work Market and getting tons done (assign/re–assign assignments, reports history, assigned user filter, and plenty of other fun stuff). And even though I’m taking my full five courses, school this term really is a breeze: ENGL119 (Communications in Mathematics and Computer Science) really is a bird course—the fact that it can replace the ELPE says all you need to know; HIST200 (History and Film, online) doesn’t offer much resistance either, with readings, watching historical films, discussion boards, and no lectures; REC280 (Introduction to Tourism) is the last of my bird courses, and 100% of marks coming from four non–cumulative multiple–choice tests makes it the easiest of all; CS348 (Introduction to Database Management) is lightweight and a lot of fun, helping me get some theoretical knowledge on data manipulation; and CS456 (Computer Networks) is helping remove that big black box that is networking. All–in–all a pretty light term, but it’s my most enjoyable term yet.
Other than the daily routine, life has been busy. Rahul and I headed up to the Sault for meetings (Jan 18–20) with a van full of guys (Karl, Rob, Travis, Aaron, and Landon) and had a great time. There was a crazy amount of snow and some seriously frigid temperatures, but the hotel had an awesome hot tub and we got to see some seriously amazing people. Hopefully we’ll be seeing everyone again in Chicago in a few weeks!
I also headed to meetings in Barrie the weekend of Jan 25–27. It was a relaxing time, but the best part was being (Travis and Dannilee’s baby) Holden Iver’s Godfather!
Karl and Rob came down for the Saturday after meetings, and we toured campus, had dinner at Ennio’s, played ping–pong and foosball, and got hooked on Shameless. Then Kory and Jeff made the trek down last weekend. It was a pretty chill time, mostly spent catching up with the guys (Matt, Tommy, Greg, Mitch, Dustin, Ben, and Calvin). Kory also gave me my Christmas present: a foosball shirt from Hamburg, an epic henley from Scotch & Soda, and some German chocolates. Thanks, dude!
Bringing us up to Reading Week, schoolwork has made the past few days fly by. I finally made it through all the meetings, midterms (DB and Networks), labs (Networks), and readings, and now I get the fun of a bit of a Reading Week adventure with Aaron. We’ll see where we end up!