期末試験から

While the title is in Japanese, the post will not be in Japanese… So exams finally ended for me yesterday after 2 weeks of revision. Went to watch 「暗殺教室II」to end off everything. While there were some pleasant things this semester, things didn’t go as I hoped for those that mattered a bit more. I shall not mention to keep this short. Moving on to the modules I have taken this semester, keeping them to a few sentences…

LAJ2201 Japanese 2 (Grade A-): Classes and the learning process were fun and interesting, much unlike what I have been going through the past 5 semesters. Guaranteed A? Remains to be seen, since competition is known to be quite strong.

GEK2003 Government and Politics of Singapore (Grade B+): I don’t like writing essays but this module(or the lecturer) made Singapore’s politics interesting it made me more interested to watch(reading still turns me off) the news. Interesting lectures that drive home very important points, though I couldn’t really remember the facts.

SSA2220 Global Economic Dimensions of Singapore (Grade B): Can’t really seem to connect what was covered in lectures with Singapore’s current economy. The topic on money and currency was especially tough for me. At least the exams seem doable.

CS3223 Database Systems Implementation (Grade A+): My favourite CS module for the semester. Learning about the underlying implementations in order to learn how to optimize databases in the future. Exams were tough and tedious, one careless mistake, I think the bell curve will push you to the left…

CS3226 Web Programming (Grade B+): I wonder if I made the wrong choice to take this module. I was wrong to come in with the thought that it should be a farmable A given that I survived CS3216 and acquired the implementation techniques for web application. Turns out for the project it is not just about skills. One needs a good app idea that is not too hard to implement and can catch the attention of many people you know(typically NUS students but of course with exceptions) to do well for the project. Being not a creative person nor an app person, ending up leading the project was a disaster. Based on project score and the presence of strong bell curve, I doubt my grade can make it above a B+. Very hurtful to my ego and I am still sore about it. If I knew I would get a poor grade, I should have taken Parallel and Distributed Algorithms(which I couldn’t due to timetable clash), despite the potentially poor grade, at least I could have learnt something new.

Main takeaway for me was that I am really not an app person(I don’t use many apps in the first place). Not knowing what makes an app appealing to the masses, best development not security practices made things hard in the first place. Developing and optimizing systems seems more interesting than trying hard to appeal to people. Japanese was fun so I hope to take more Japanese classes in my remaining year. Now then, there are a few things I wish to learn/do, but then which one to start with?

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