Archive for the ‘University Life’ Category
Late last year, I moved into a new students’ residence on my university’s campus. The residence is set up like an apartment complex with rooms on 6 levels. However, because the place was still new, it was not wired for easy internet access. The closest wireless access points that my laptop could detect proved to be unreliable so I decided to purchase a Digicel 4G wireless modem (Green Packet DX250). I paid for a month’s service and was successful at setting up the device. However, after about the first week, I noticed that the performance started to dwindle. Here is what I did to improve the wireless performance on this device.
Although many new college and university students are already knee deep within the academic year, there are still others anticipating the transition from high school to tertiary-level education. It is never too early to start planning for this big step within your life. Guidance counsellors will usually advise students to start doing their research during their penultimate year of secondary school, which is very good since you are provided with a lot of time to get things done. You really do not want to leave this work for the last minute because the pressure of final exams and other activities will most definitely interfere. I cannot give advice on which schools to choose, but I can provide some general recommendations that you should consider no matter where you go. Having gone through the application process no less than 3 times, I know that these suggestions work.
I wish a guide like this was available when I first stepped onto the university campus. Whether you are a freshman or returning student, you definitely need a few appliances to help you store and cook the tons of food (and drink) your inquisitive mind requires for fuel. However, because the small size of dorm rooms usually limit the size and amount of appliances you can bring, you need to make smart choices without sacrificing too much on functionality. ConsumerReports.com has compiled a list of some essential, space-saving and affordable items you may want to obtain. Realize that different universities will have a restricted items list, so keep them in mind when shopping.
Unfortunately, my blog updates have slipped. So I just wanted to post something to at least show some signs of activity. I still have an article to publish concerning some modified .htaccess code for GZipping static and dynamic web pages, but will not be able to do anything for a while now as schoolwork has to take priority.
I should have posted this earlier, but I am now in medical school pursuing an MBBS. Hopefully, by 2014, I should be graduating from the program and transitioning into specialization, but that is a long time off. Right now I am heavily focused on getting through this first semester of year 1 because I hear it is the toughest stage. Therefore, most of my time is spent reading medical textbooks and studying. I am not looking forward to having to resit any exams, so I have to put the majority of my focus on my work. That means that I may be making fewer regular posts here. However, that is no sign that my blog is going anywhere. If I manage my time well, keeping this blog active should not be a problem.
Anyway, it’s back to the books. Exams are quickly approaching. I never doubted that medical school was difficult, but I now have a new appreciation for the tremendous amount of work good doctors have to put in to become successful healthcare practitioners.
As part of their Back To School series of articles, Lifehacker.com has published an altered version of 10 must-dos students should follow for the first week of college/university classes. The tips range from making an effort to attend your classes to ways of getting your required textbooks. These recommendations come directly from professors, so you know they are sound. Every university or college student should consider following the advice if they want to start off the new academic year in good standing. Even returning students will find the article helpful for getting them back into the right frame of mind after a long summer break.
Another year of university has finally ended… well, I shouldn’t say “ended” because I still have to write my final exams. However, classes are finished and all that is left to do now is to study and submit a few assignments.
My exams are a bit spread out so I have a reasonable amount of time to study and relax. Believe it or not, it is actually around exam time that I can actually get some relaxation; at other times in the semester I am normally swamped with assignments and presentations. Thankfully, all of that has stopped for a while.
This summer I plan to go back home instead of taking summer courses. I have already went through the process of getting a degree audit so I know where I stand and which courses I need to take in my final undergraduate year. My final exam is on April 18th, but I will leave campus until the following week when I travel to Ohio and fly out from Pittsburgh destined for The Bahamas. I am very excited about returning home so that I can finally get a break; of course, this will be a “university work” break. I plan on doing some volunteer and/or part-time work while simultaneously studying for the MCAT, which I will write upon returning to the US in August.
Well, I have to get back to studying. I wish I could go outside and take some photos since it is such a sunny and cool spring day. I recently started reading some tutorials optimizing digital camera settings to take absolutely stunning photos. I might post some of those that I have taken. Until next time…
I’m finally on spring break, or as my university would call it, “Reading Break”, because it is really meant for students to catch up on their studies. Go figure! Anyway, I do not think I have a choice! There will be no classes for a whole week, but I still have to go to the library, conduct lab experiments, complete assignments and study for “after-break” exams. As it is Friday afternoon, I have no intention of starting anything – after this tiring week I have reason to relax.
As one of my passtime chores, I have started importing some old blog posts, which is made pretty easy thanks to WordPress’ import feature. Still have to edit many of them as images do not show up and nothing is tagged. This may take a while to get organized, but that is the way I like it. There is nothing worse than inconsistency! Yuck!
Anyway, if you are also on your spring break, then have fun… and do something productive if you can!