Find Out For Yourself

You can probably look forward to this type of sporadic updating to random process while I tackle yet another semester at the University of Waterloo. Classes started on May 5, and I’ve spent the first week trying to get myself back into a studying mode, which I might add is very, very different from full-time work mode. A ECE 332 lab had me scrambling to rehash my circuits knowledge, and I spent this past weekend finishing up my work report, which has already been submitted. This semester will be rather challenging as I selected a difficult course that few others did.

As course selection times loomed last semester, I was wildly discouraged from taking ECE 332. In particular, the professor, Barby, was cited. In addition, the labs were described to be similar to ECE 241 labs, which were completely off the wall and often did not coincide with the material being taught in lectures. However, I’m far more interested in computer hardware and semiconductor design than software, so when I planned out my 4th year technical electives, I realized that ECE 332 would be a requirement for a few of them.

Long story short, I took the class and I’m not regretting it at all. I certainly second-guessed myself several times along the way, not the least of which was when I discovered that only 18 people (myself included) had enrolled in the course. However, after 4 lectures, a lab and a tutorial, I feel justified when I say Barby is certainly not the bad professor that some made him out to be. In fact, he’s been very patient, although part of that may be due to the small size of the class. Even the labs are extremely good learning experiences. There are 5 people in my lab section, so everyone gets a little more attention than they normally would.

In the end, I’m glad I took ECE 332. There’s a lot of hearsay surrounding the course, but sometimes you just have to take that leap and find out for yourself.

5 thoughts on “Find Out For Yourself”

  1. I believe what Charlie is trying to say here is that he made the leap and it may take him over the edge of a building before this semester is over. Good show for taking ECE 332 I say. Always good to have more knowledge in that field. I just recently scored some Micro Design experience with a a really good proff in Guelph so I’ll be helping him design some stuff for ON Semiconductor (Former AMIS). I’m excited lol.

  2. I pity you starting up school again. I have my last exams tomorrow (physics, barf), and then I am done! God I can’t wait. It’s been too long since I’ve been home… I’m sure you know the feeling.

    How does working full time compare with going to school full time? I have been dreaming about leaving school for a while now, but I don’t know how entering the workforce will compare; maybe I don’t actually want to leave 😛

  3. Well, let me be honest here Will, I absolutely love full time work. Granted, my views are slightly biased due to my co-op status. It seems like companies just love interns and treat us very well, probably to entice us into a permanent position.

    It’s difficult to compare work to school. Both present their challenges, but in different ways. I think I prefer the more practical aspect of work. These obstacles are things that I would gladly spend hours and hours on. School’s well, school, but I understand that I also need the foundation and learning skills upon which to build.

    I think my Dad put it best when he said, you’re only at university (in my case) for 5 years, but you’ll be in the workforce for 40. Do you really think you’ll learn everything you need in university? No, it’s just teaching you how to learn for your future career. The knowledge gathered in the process is more a by-product than the desired final result. I’m sure you’ve heard similar preachings.

    What do you have planned for the summer, aside from hitting up the Island?

  4. I’ll be working quite a bit… Not much else though. I was hoping to take some summer classes, but that is looking less and less possible. I still am clueless about what I want to study at university and I was hoping some summer classes could at least show me what I don’t want to do.

    To be honest, there’s only one thing that doesn’t seem completely ‘meh’ and that is something computer science related. I really don’t know that much about it though, so I am going in to meet with the dean of the department at UPEI to ask some questions and check it out.

  5. Ah well, best of luck in finding what you want to study. I’m sort of in the same predicament right now, except it’s what I want to do after I’m finished this program. Of course, you’ll get no argument from me if you are interested in computer science!

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