Qualities of a Good Teaching Assistant

When describing the culture of CMU SCS, I think its undeniable to in part cite our TA culture and the uniquely commonplace experience for undergraduates in SCS to simultaneously maintain the dual roles of being a Teaching Assistant in one class while being a student in other classes. For me personally, becoming a TA has…

Why Can’t We Be Friends

Reflections on friendships written by two online friends for my senior year Advanced Philosophy of Friendships class. **In the new age of normalized online communication and online only interactions during quarantine, I thought it finally fitting to share arguably my proudest piece of writing in collaboration with my fellow classmate. ***If you’re not feeling up…

10 Places to Visit While at Carnegie Mellon (or in Pittsburgh)

Disclaimer: I don’t leave campus much. Because CS consume my life. I also don’t do sporty adventure things. Nor am I really a foodie to the great disappointment of my friends. So this is probably a super basic take on aesthetic photo places nearby Carnegie Mellon, but I’m also using this post as an excuse…

A Very 122 Summer

I’m feeling real sleep deprived and sentimental, but here goes nothing. If you weren’t already aware, I first took 122 my first semester at CMU. I assumed I would never be qualified to become a teaching assistant for the class just based on how much I initially struggled in it myself. But today, after painting…

Freshman Spring Semester Classes at Carnegie Mellon

And… I’m back with some more CMU school-related content. I just finished my spring semester about a month ago so these classes are still pretty fresh in my mind. I should say beforehand that the spring semester is where classes for freshmen start to diverge ever so slightly based on each person’s interests and intended…

College School Supplies: SCS Edition

I remember around this time last year, I was scouring the web for college school supplies lists and making very detailed plans of what exactly I might need at college. If I were to go back and give my pre-frosh self or other incoming freshmen some brief advice, here are some of the things I…

Freshman Fall Semester Classes at Carnegie Mellon

Let’s talk classes! Here’s what I took my first semester and *approximately* what classes you can expect to take as a first semester freshman at Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science. 07-128 Freshman Immigration Course Every fall, Carnegie Mellon SCS welcomes in approximately 200+ incoming freshman into their program and every one of them is…

What Friendship Meant to Me Over the Years

Friends. We use this word so colloquially to describe the people we surround ourselves with, without any second thought to the real meaning we choose to ascribe to it. But what does it really mean? For me, this meaning of friends has continuously evolved over time as I’ve been lucky enough to experience various dimensions…

120 Days at Carnegie Mellon

Wow. Time flies when you’re studying hard and having fun. There’s so much I have to say about my first 120 days at college that I barely know where to begin, but let’s start from the beginning and I’ll try to fill you in on some of the highlights along the way.  Orientation Week So…