Life Outside of the Classroom

Hello! I'm a recent University of Washington - Bothell alumnus having graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science and Software Engineering.

I aim to document my transitioning from a full-time student to working full-time within the computing industry.

Back from vacation, getting back on track, and interruptions in the workplace

So I’m finally back from my extended vacation in Sweden! Although I already miss it dearly, I will say that I’m very happy to be home again. Something about your own bed, your own house, and your own cat is just so… comforting.

I managed to prevent myself from falling asleep on the long trip back, and having arrived in the evening at Seatac I was able to pass out as soon as I got home and return to work the next day. It was a bit of a slow day, but overall I was pretty surprised with how easy it was. I think it is definitely harder to go TO Sweden than it is to come back. Also, having the darkness of night again is quite nice (in the height of summer, Sweden is stuck in a continuous dusk-like state where the sun just goes below the horizon).

So I got back to work almost immediately after returning and I will say that I’m actually fairly pleased to be doing so. I’m getting to resume the exciting work that I left behind 3.5 weeks ago. While catching up on emails I found some very interesting articles on conversational interruptions in the tech workplace, specifically in regards to gender.

First one: http://jengaoneweekatatime.tumblr.com/post/91743154369/do-men-interrupt-more-than-women-yes-they-do

Follow-up: http://jengaoneweekatatime.tumblr.com/post/92046824369/want-to-get-ahead-as-a-woman-in-tech-learn-to

They are both interesting reads!

Beautiful Baltic Sea coast

Beautiful Baltic Sea coast

6/26/14

I have arrived in Sweden! And have mostly recovered from jet lag. The weather over here is lovely, but a bit on the chilly side (the deceptively friendly looking clear sky, but then a cold front + breeze comes by so you need to always go outside with a jacket on). I’ve been having to brush up on my Swedish as well, which is a little tricky. I haven’t really spoken it for 2 years, and didn’t have much time to brush up.

Anyways, I should hopefully have some pictures to share within the next week. I *just* got my internet set up and woke up at a decent time this morning. We might be hitting the city tomorrow if we are lucky!

6/21/14

My apologies on being so late! I’ve been scrambling to get all these last minute things done before I leave for vacation this Monday. I can’t believe it has already been 2 weeks x.x

I’ve been working on a new project at work, a pretty big one! It will be the biggest one yet, and will be a pretty big externally facing feature that we are introducing. So that has been very exciting! I also met with my two intern buddies in-person this week to get an idea for how things have been going for them in their first few weeks at Amazon. It is kind of a weird deja-vu talking to them, since I wrapped up my internship right around this time last year.

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I also completed another 5k today! I ran the Seattle Solstice Run with my fiance and some of his work mates. Since I’ve been slacking on training as of late it was a little tough, but very fun!

Lastly, as I stated earlier, I’m going to be on vacation starting Monday. I will have internet access though, so I will still be checking in here. Quite possibly with some serene pictures!

6/5/14

Man, I love summer! Something about not having to wear a heavy jacket to work every morning and having it be light out through bed time just makes me happy.

I’m pretty settled into my new place, though there will be unpacking to do for weeks to come. I’m riding a new bus now that cut my commute by 20 minutes each way, so that is also nice! But even with this house stuff settling down I don’t think I’m going to catch a break. In a couple weeks I will be off overseas to visit family and have quite a few other things going on leading up to then!

We got another intern on our team this week and it has made me remember that it wasn’t just a year ago that I was interning at Amazon. I can definitely understand how timid these interns are, seeing as I was in the exact same scenario as many of them. And maybe some of them will be able to show their stuff enough that they will get invited back for a full-time position!

5/27/14

Whew, it has been awhile since I’ve been at a computer. I’ve been packing for the last week and then moved into my new place over the weekend. Guh, I’m so sore from lifting a bunch of boxes and furniture down 3 flights of stairs and back up another two flights. Now I have to take the time to unpack everything and get settled in (which I feel is going to take quite awhile).

In other news, my intern buddies are starting this week! I’m actually kind of excited since I just found out one of them is going to be on my sister team… right next to wear my team is situated. So that is pretty neat :)

05/15/14

While I’ve been in a little bit of a lull, things are definitely going to start speeding up again. We should have our house settled by next week and could probably move in next weekend. Then next month I will be off to Sweden to visit my family :) Not to mention several other tasks strewn in there.

Things at work have been kind of all over the place. I just wrapped up my second on-call week with success and I can’t believe the rate at which I have been learning things! I’ve been getting a wide exposure to our services and the inner workings of the team, all while getting to work on interesting yet challenging projects. Speaking of which! My next project will be significantly bigger than the ones I’ve done before, AND it is going to be a major customer-facing feature :) So stay tuned for that!

05/07/14

Quick update! I’ve been pretty busy between packing and catching up on “real world” tasks. I’m kind of in this weird lull right now where I have all of this stuff to do, but I still have a bit of time to finish all of it. While it is tempting to keep putting it off until the due date comes closer, I know I need to keep working through these tasks so I don’t get overwhelmed at the end of the month.

I’m feeling pretty settled into my team by this point. I’ve had quite a bit of exposure to our systems at this point. I have a system out in production, and will be going on-call for the second time very soon. And we’re getting interns soon! So that should be interesting :)

4/27/2014

I went on a lovely day trip yesterday with my father down to Portland Oregon. We had signed up for a fishing tour down the Clackamas river. Caught a lot of small fish that had to be released, and unfortunately no big ones were biting :( However, it was still a nice sunny morning and some quality time with my dad, so I didn’t mind too much!

Now that my project for the last few months is finally wrapping up, I’m finally doing my first on-call rotation. Part of this involves working through the operational backlog (which is basically a checklist of tasks of varying complexity). This has been a quite refreshing change of pace, as it is quite easy to measure success :)

4/20/13

Happy Easter! It’s nice to be able to take a break from the fast pace of life and just enjoy some nice food and goodies with the family :)

But goodness, have I been busy. I’m not sure if I’ve ever been this busy before in my life. A lot of it has been self-inflicted though. We found a house, put in an offer, and have started the closing process. While very exciting, this has added a degree of stress that I probably won’t look forward to if we decide to buy another house in the future.

And then I’ve been very busy at work! It has been a busy week or two for me and several others on my team as we’ve been overcoming obstacles in order to have our deliverables ready by the deadline. At this point I’m very eager to have this system that I’ve been working on for the last few months out and doing its job. :)