Hello you sexy Jrodders!
My dissertation is finally over and submitted and I’m free from it forever! Unless I have to re-sit… Anyways, after about 9 million consecutive hours in the labs thriving on nothing but pot noodles, pro-plus and some weird caffeine powder, I think my mind and body both hate me with a passion.
It’s kind of funny when it reaches 2 days before the deadline and you realise you’ve pretty much written your entire project wrong. The sheer panic and terror I felt was insane, I genuinely thought that I’d thrown away 50 grand and three years of my time. However, with the power of stimulants and a great group of coursemates, I managed to entirely re-write it within about 40 hours.
The whole situation reminded me of my A-levels, walking confidently up to my square table, laying out my pens and pencils, putting my water down next to me, turning the first page of the exam and realising I’d well and truly fucked it. That feeling of “My life is over, I’m not going to survive this” had properly sunk in as I imagined the disappointment on my mum’s face come results day. Needless to say, I did survive that, and I did get into Uni, and just like I thought I wouldn’t survive my dissertation, here I am, all smug and submitted.
If you’re feeling like you’ve reached a hurdle in your life that you just can’t get over, take some deep breaths and when you’re ready, try your best to face whatever it is. Relax and clear your mind, I promise you’ll survive it and even surprise yourself.
So I’m sweating over another assignment now, this time Parallel Computing; I’ve gotta design a program that can take temperature readings from weather stations (1.8 million of them), and perform stats analysis on them using the GPU (Graphics card) in parallel. After that, I’ve gotta finish my diss, revise for exams, and then from the 14th of May, I’m free! Honestly gonna have a bottle of vodka in that last exam so I don’t leave that sports hall sober…
A lot of people ask me how I have so many things going on at any one given time, and tbh with you, I have no idea, they all drive me nuts. But my argument is that if my brain isn’t working on some kind of problem or task, I get super bored and my mind rots.
One of the biggest skills that you need to have to succeed imo is time management. Having the ability to break down your day into manageable chunks that work for you is so awesome. Another skill would be your ability to focus on any one given task at a time. Have you ever been so overwhelmed by the seemingly never ending list of tasks that you have to get done? Instead of imploding into a babbling mess like I’ve done countless times, prioritize which tasks are most important, forget about the other shite, and just focus on it. Splitting your attention/thinking power over just two tasks is difficult and will lead to a poorer quality of solution of both tasks.
So try to relax a little, focus on your most important tasks and break down/plan your work days. But most importantly, remember we’re all just on a rock floating in space, so don’t do things that aren’t worth your time.