Studies

[A Big List] Online Learning

Random Observation/Comment #496: Sometimes you just need to learn to ask the right questions. The internet is already our tree of knowledge. Free online learning is an increasingly growing realm. I’ve thought about how free knowledge is now, and it’s kind of awesome you can pursue a life of continuous education and just take courses on stuff you’re interested in. The...

What Cooper Needs More Of…

What Cooper Needs More Of…

Random observation/comment #337: 150 years is a good run. I don’t think even water stayed free for that long. I just hoped there was at least one university left in this world that didn’t think like a corporation. Well… the other ones probably went bankrupt long ago… Trending updates: Cooper is no longer free. RIP Cooper Union I am no longer donating...

Why Study Abroad?

Why Study Abroad?

Random Observation/Comment #196: This blog has been around for a little over a year and I am glad I have kept it consistently updated about random things for this long. It’s has been my greatest success in side projects and has led to so many more different ideas that keep myself enjoying what life has to offer.  It took some...

Engineering Pre-Crisis Rant

Engineering Pre-Crisis Rant

Random Observation/Comment #195: I feel like I’m always trying to stay ahead of my age. When I saw that Tony Stark video from Ironman, it made me wonder why I didn’t do all the awesome shyt that he did.  Realistically speaking, I’m not smart enough to graduate from MIT at the age of 18, and neither is 99.9999999% (I might...

My Intermediate Overview of Study Abroad

My Intermediate Overview of Study Abroad

Random Observation/Comment #194: It’s interesting how I’ve always saved the overviews of my trips until the trips are finally over when I’m in my pajammy-jams at 3PM while sadly trying to piece my life together for the next phase.  I never actually capture the intermediate stages of feelings when I’m truly happy or sad.  Instead, I’m usually writing it in...

Berlin University Buffet

Berlin University Buffet

Random Observation/Comment #190: I can’t believe I’m writing this entry two months later.  It was fresh in my mind, and now it’s like trying to remember the details of a complex dream before you’re able to tell someone (I think there’s an xkcd about this, but I’m too lazy to find it).  Luckily, the abundance of pictures I’ve taken is...

Germany Studying Conditions

Germany Studying Conditions

(This is a new start.  I am trying to reduce my writing lengths, but increase the posting frequency.  It’s like microblogging, but for my personal experiences traveling abroad.  It will take a little more time to make the entries meaningful, but I think it will be the highly concentrated-powder form on what matters in my career.)   Random Observation/Comment #182:...

Study abroad is all about Diversity

Study abroad is all about Diversity

Random Observation/Comment #177: Visiting Germany, I would expect to see a large number of Germans; however, the majority of my friends have been from everywhere but Germany.  The major countries I’ve noticed are Finland, Sweden, Turkey, Hungary, Spain, Italy, and the States.  Since I’m living in this international dormitory world, I suspect that I was roomed with fellow foreigners, but...

Epic Celebrations following the Epic Presentation

Epic Celebrations following the Epic Presentation

Random Observation/Comment #130:  It’s incredible how the mind works.  When someone gives you a word or phrase, we somehow process it through our mental tree of possibilities to match the comment against some set of conditions.  We very elegantly combine our senses, observations, and past experiences to react appropriately.  The quick pauses of perplexed deep thought are appropriate when someone...

An Epic Presentation

An Epic Presentation

Random Observation/Comment #129: It’s difficult to publish entries when you’ve spent 4 days away from your laptop, and 70% of that awake-time in an inebriated state.  Work hard.  Play hard. I summarized the majority of 1.5 years of torturous brain-fug work in a little more than an hour.  I didn’t necessarily rehearse this presentation – I already knew what I...

Free time? Whatever. Just get me out of here!

Free time? Whatever. Just get me out of here!

Random Observation/Comment #127: I definitely caught the travel bug.  I have all of the symptoms, including the ones on the most severe level.  Luckily, the cure for this is on its way.  My brain is slowly decaying backwards and I’m losing concentration on the more important parts of my life.  It’s time to be a little selfish.  It’s time to...

Initiate “Project Antisocial”

Initiate “Project Antisocial”

Random Observation/Comment #121: I made a very strict schedule for myself, and although I did a lot of work, it just doesn’t seem to be enough – it’s never enough.   I thought about emotionally reacting to this ordeal, but I’ve found that wallowing doesn’t really help.  I tried making myself feel better by going out and having a few drinks...

Last Exam Ever?

Last Exam Ever?

Random Observation/Comment #115: I have yet to become free from these binds, but I feel I deserve a small reward for completing the last written exam of my life (hopefully).  This will be enjoyed with a quickie.  It’s been a long time since the last post, so I hope I don’t publish prematurely. I could have chosen many topics, but...

A lack of sleep: What a good Thursday

A lack of sleep: What a good Thursday

Random Observation/Comment #114: I have a procrastination problem, but I’ll fix it later. I don’t remember how I survived finals’ week 8 times.  I’m officially getting too old for this, and I can’t wait to move on from this thesis.  The one class I’m taking is basically finished, so the only thing between me and freedom is that thesis.  Technically,...

The Policy that Caused a Ruckus

The Policy that Caused a Ruckus

” Dear Engineering Students: Following an Academic Deans meeting recommendation, and put into effect today by Vice President Hawks, the following rules apply to 51 Astor Place: *Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.* Building is closed to engineering students between 2:00a.m. and 6:00a.m. EXCEPTION: Art students with studios in 51 Astor place are allowed 24 hour access. *Saturday:* Building is...

School Politics

School Politics

Random Observation/Comment #113: I have always thought that my years of suffering through all those Cooper classes, which were flooded with assignments, exams, and projects, was directly related to our student body’s inability to argue for rights (either that, or our professors’ pretending we’re only registered for their course).  Due to recent events at Cooper, I saw that these students...

Master’s thesis

Master’s thesis

It needs to get done.  Goals must be acheived.  I must not write for leisure until this is complete… well…  Okay, not more than twice a week.  And they have to be about traveling.   For the next month, instead of my usual weekday update, I will only update on weekends. ~See Lemons Work on his Thesis

Okay… So What Now?

Okay… So What Now?

Random Observation/Comment #105: I’ve been keeping myself busy since I’ve been back from Japan.  This semester really passed by in a blink of an eye.  It feels like it was just yesterday that I first set foot on Japanese soil and heard that relaxing, yet annoying, cicada siren.  The taste of good sushi stays on the tip of my tongue...

Japan Closing Advice

Japan Closing Advice

Random Observation/Comment #103: It’s hard to say goodbye, but I guess I never left – I guess I never have to.  I’ve been reliving the memories for the past 2 ½ months and it’s been the most enjoyable moments in my life.  Every morning in front of my laptop on the LIRR, I am in my writing zone with the...

Osaka dai gaku Reflections – Farewell party

Osaka dai gaku Reflections – Farewell party

Random Observation/Comment #53: May all of the projects at Osaka lab work according to spec and do so in a timely manner.With the Japanese-speaking group, we grab lunch and talk about how weird American culture is – often considering my American input on the situation.In contrast, the English-speaking group takes prolonged ice cream breaks to vent frustrations about Japanese customs.It’s...

Sayonara, Osaka University

Sayonara, Osaka University

Random Observation/Comment #44: I will miss you all.  Please come to New York and drink like fish. Now that I read my title again, it sounds like a corny “hasta la vista, baby” type of overdone Clint Eastwood cliche.  I did not intend for this, but I find it funny and a little disappointing that Hollywood has, once again, ruined...

Wait, I’m supposed to have results in 3 and a half more weeks?

Wait, I’m supposed to have results in 3 and a half more weeks?

Random Observation/Comment #30: “I’d say that in a full week, I do about 15 minutes of real work.” ~Office Space My weekends are always more exciting because I actually get off my bum and go somewhere to experience new things.As previously mentioned, the routine has been increasingly mundane, even if I try my hardest to stray from familiarity.The internet is...

Projects that make me salivate

Projects that make me salivate

Random Observation/Comment #9: I can’t see my hair in the bathroom mirror when I stand straight. The first thing the professor asked me is “What do you want to do?”The only response I could think of was “everything and anything.”I’m not sure if he took this as indecisiveness or flexibility, but I intended it to be 100% pure, unfiltered, unabridged...

Day 4: It’s so nerdy in here, I could taste it.  Oiishi :P

Day 4: It’s so nerdy in here, I could taste it. Oiishi :P

Random Observation/Comment #8: Jay-walking is highly frowned upon.Eff that. I’m a New Yorker – jay-walking is second nature.I’m the Juggernaut, bitch. I didn’t have the case of the Mondays.There were plenty of essentials that needed to be taken care of.For one, my apartment room did not have any pots, bowls, chopsticks, cups, soap, or garbage bags.These items were luckily available...

Graduating – Still Alive

Graduating – Still Alive

After four years of suffering, the last month was by far the most enjoyable. It has been an absolutely surreal experience.  Free time for extra hours of sleep? uhhh, not exactly… no… I think I was recovering from the parties and the outings during the mornings.  Breakfast was at the crack of noon and bedtime shifted to the next day. ...