Reflection on 2007

Posted on 2008-01-06 18:10:09

At the start of the new year, it’s a good time to look back on the previous year. So what has 2007 brought me?

First quarter

The first few months were dedicated to my master’s project: in January I produced the first test results, and most of the first quarter was spent conducting tests and analyzing results.

Mixed in with my master’s project were visits to career events and visiting companies to see if they would be any good as future employers. Near the end of March I finally made the choice out of 3 serious proposals: I would start working on June 1. That left plenty of time for writing my thesis and finishing my education, or so I thought …

Second quarter

In the second quarter, I started writing my thesis in earnest. The first tries were a disaster: I was too terse in my writing and wasn’t explaining things well enough. I got a little demotivated over it and started to hate my project more and more.

When I started work in June, I still wasn’t finished with my thesis. The first 6 weeks of “work” would be attending a course on .NET, which, combined with thesis-writing, was almost more than I could handle.

Finally, on the 28th of June I gave the presentation of my master’s project, and I was glad that was over: I hate giving presentations. I still hadn’t quite finished my thesis yet though, but that didn’t matter. As long as I handed it in before August I would be fine. Meanwhile, a few chapters had been OK’ed by my supervisors, so I didn’t hate the project anymore.

Third quarter

Halfway July I did the required Microsoft exam to finish the .NET course: a laughable affair, certainly after having done some pretty hard exams at university.

On the 30th of July I handed in my thesis (finally!), and was pretty proud of it. 52 pages of text, figures, graphs and other fancy stuff. And finally, on the 12th of September I could pick up the little paper saying that I’m “Master of Science”. As a little extra, I got it “cum laude” (with honours)!

My first period at work was quite nice: in just a few months I had worked on three of the bigger systems they have in maintenance, and given some CSS and Javascript help to other people. Overall, I like it at work.

Fourth quarter

Things are settling down: I’m used to work, am not so very tired anymore when I get home in the evening, and I start to reflect on my free time. I discover that I like horse-riding so much that I want to do it twice a week instead of just once.

In the free time that was left I programmed this website and put it online.

All in all I think it was quite a good year for me.

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