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.

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. :)

House hunting and Deadlines

Man has my life been a whirlwind for the last few weeks! Trying to juggle work deadlines with house hunting can be kind of tough, and I wouldn’t advise mixing the two if you can avoid it!

It is a time of excitement all around though. My new system that I’ve been working on for the past few months is due to go to production this week, so that is pretty exciting! I did my first on-call shift (kind of) this last weekend, with fortunately no major events occurring.

Then we have the excitement of going around to see lots of potential houses with my fiance. Although it is quite heartbreaking to have a house you were very excited for to get swept off the market before you could act :( We have 2 places that we’re pretty interested in though that we’re going to check out tomorrow so hopefully I can soon get off of this roller-coaster!

4/4/14

Quick update!

I had a blast in Disneyland! I have yet to take the pictures off my camera, so I unfortunately don’t have much to show here.


However! There was some other things I wanted to mention! Firstly, I made first contact with one of the interns assigned to me as part of Amazon’s intern buddy program :) Basically I will be reaching out to my intern periodically up until their start date to help answer questions and prepare them for their internship. I’m super stoked to be able to help out interns (as I actually was interning at Amazon at this time last year!).

Secondly, and though I won’t get into the details - I’ve started house-hunting! My fiance and I are finally considering moving out of our apartment for several years into our first home within the next few months. So that will be yet something else taking up some of my time. But it is all very exciting! :)

Hard to imagine what I’m already doing in such a short period of time after graduating from UWB! I never thought I would have gotten this far so quickly :)

Disneyland!

Guess who is going to Disneyland this week! :) It will be my first “real” vacation since I’ve starting working full-time, and is highly anticipated! I’ve managed to get the majority of my work done just in time as well, so I don’t have to feel guilty for leaving for a few days.

I’ll probably post a few pictures! :D

3/14/14

Happy Pi Day!

I apologize for being MIA for so long! I’ve been incredibly busy with work. I’ve been working towards my first major deadline and it has kind of put everything else on hold. While it can be a little stressful, it is really exciting to be part of a critical path and getting to learn more of Amazon’s and my team’s nifty tool-sets in the process.

However, as soon as that deadline is over.. guess who is going to Disneyland! :D I’m super stoked for it, as I haven’t been since I was 7, and my youngest sister is getting to go for the first time.

As soon as the deadline is over too and I get some of my attention back, I’m really, for serious going to do a more “meaty” post on here. So stay tuned!

2/26/14

Met up with some old CSS friends over the weekend. Some of them graduated around the same time as I did, some others are just wrapping things up at UWB. You really take the “ease” of being social at school for granted (I say “ease” because being an introvert, it still isn’t always easy). It is great hearing about what everyone is doing though - I have one friend who is doing contract work from home, while another is stepping into a full-time job at a decently popular mobile gaming company. Just goes to show that the possibilities are really endless!

I also stopped by the Ipanema Grill in downtown Seattle the other day. My first Brazilian grill experience! Brazilian grill… you know, like the places where they carry around huge skewers of meat for you to sample? Yeah, it was amaaazing.

http://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/02/65/cd/86/ipanema-grill-meat.jpg

Om nom nom nom, would eat there again.

2/19/14

We had some friends visit from Portland this last weekend and we stopped by the EMP. There was the added benefit that there was both a Fantasy and Sci-fi exhibit in place!

(Lion from the Wizard of Oz)

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(Entrance to the Sci-fi exhibit) Images taken alternative sources since my camera phone didn’t take very good pictures :(

I really do need to get out into Seattle more often, especially considering I’ve been working in the middle of downtown for the last 4.5 months!

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Work has been a bit of a trick again. My main project got sort of sidelined in favor of a more pressing immediate problem that needed to be remedied. And now I’m only 3 weeks away from going on-call (eep!). I’m not longer the newbie on the team, as we just got another intern returning as a full-hire last week.

I think in the next few months or so we may end up getting a few more (maybe even possibly some interns!).

2/10/14

I meant to post here over the weekend but as usual it seems like I got too caught up in other matters!

On Sunday the 2nd I attended the Mill Creek YMCA Puddle Run (which was actually more like an icicle run.. with below freezing temperatures), making it my 3rd 5k! I will say that this one was more of a challenge as the frigid air made it hard to breath at times!

http://ymca-snoco.org/Site/Content/Highlights/small-callouts/Groundhog-220px.png

But following the run I spent some time with my family watching the hawks win the Superbowl. Not much of a football fan, to be honest, but you can’t help but feel some pride!

Happy Chinese New Year!

Not much to update on this time around. My team is now on a spiffy new floor in our building, and my review period (at least from my perspective) is now closed. Come April we will see what comes from it!

I’ve started working on two smaller projects in my free time, one centered around integration testing and dependency injection, and the other around dealing with service metrics. Both should get me more exposed to our services and better prepared for when I first go on call! It is hard to believe that it has been 4 months already since I started on the team. Time really has started to fly.

I’m hoping I can make things a bit more interesting on here soonish. I’ve been rather caught up at work and stuck inside for the rest of the time. I’ve been trying to catch up on some games and continue training for another 5k that will be this Sunday morning. Maybe in the next week or two I will do a more informative post about the interviewing process(es) I went through while trying to find an internship.