Friday, August 25, 2006

First Week

Dear Family,

The first week is over and the first weekend is here. I guess I learned something today: You won't be going to sleep on the weekend very early. It's 2AM now and people are still out and about making a racket. On top of the noise of people, the wind gets going every now and then and slams all the partially open doors shut. I don't mind the noise though, you get used to it, after all you are living within a hundred foot radius of 100 other people.

The week wasn't so bad really. Most of my classes are in the same buildings throughout the week so finding them wasn't really a problem. My classes aren't too hard. Calculus is much easier than expected so far. My hardest class will probably be Spanish because the learning curve is a lot higher than other classes. On the plus side, my teacher knows what ubuntu is and she herself uses the unix based OS X. We have a Spanish lab on Thursday so this time I brought my laptop to avoid the crappy lab computers and she noticed and said something like "I don't use windows either". My English class is the easiest so far though, despite the fact we have written about 3 papers just in the first week. We are reading a book for the next two weeks, called "Feed", and after that we get to lead class discussions on computer science related topics. (Because I am with the learning community I have all computer science majors in my English course so all the assignments are geared towards CS personalities.) The CS classes have been the slowest to get off the ground because for most people the learning curve is insane. They treat us as if we've never used a computer before. The people in my learning community are mostly just gamers, though there are a few tried and true programmers I am able to get along fairly well with. One of them is even a C guru like me and we are able to keep each others knowledge in shape by spouting questions about the language at each other.

The synopsis, though, is that I am having a great time. I can't wait to see you on labor day!

Good Night,
Dylan Nissley

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Last Day of Summer

I can't believe it! Summer is over! This sucks more than I can possibly express it in writing. No more all day programming runs, no more C and Python. It's back to school, which also means it's back to Java and back to homework. Yuck. But I better say goodnight now, because tomorrow's busy day. I have to go to CS orientation and learn the class routes before I go to class on Monday. Wish me luck.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

College

Wow!...I'm in college. I mean... geez, I'm right freaking here. No family, no nothing. Just my computers, books and clothes. So I guess I should tell the ins and outs of the whole experience so far, starting with my impression of the freshman class. Needless to say, yesterday was not the greatest of days and it left me with a sour taste in my mouth. Yesterday, when I tried to write this very post, I said that they all had very little passion for what they wanted to do. I retract that statement, at least partially, because I have finally met a couple of people who do care about what they do. This is going to be too long a post as it is so I will tell about them at a later time.

The jury is still out on my roomate. He seems quiet, even if he is talking with his friends he seems to whisper all the time; and its not just when I am around either, it is whenever he is with his friends and around other people that are not. I would hate to assume that he has hometownitis, which prevents him from knowing anyone but the people from Lafayette, but thats what it looks like. After all, he pretty much has had this place bred into him since he was small. Maybe he is just not comfortable around here yet, as many of us are not. I also have a slight feeling that he doesn't get what I do, but there will be plenty more chances to tell that. (Update: yesterday he was up until 2:30 in the hallway talking with his friends and he left the door open. Supposedly the RA was too smashed to stop them.)

Speaking of comfortability, it is something I have only gained today, as yesterday was to hectic to even begin getting comfortable. But I still feel like the room could use some spicing up, with just bare walls surrounding me right now. I'll have to think up something.

BGR is a bust, it's just a bunch of annoyingly loud school spirit hooey. Oh yeah if you want to get season tickets to all the sporting events you can get a pass for the low low price of $200! yeah! RIGHT. The only good parts that have come so far are the two comedians they have had each day. Beyond that... ick.

I only got about 5 hours of sleep yesterday because Ben, my roommate, got up at 6:30 and we had gone to bed at 1:30. I plan on getting a good 8 hours tonight so I'm turning in willingly at a practical 10:30 and setting my alarm for 7:00. Goodnight. By the way this is being posted late because my internet is still not up and the labs are not open until next sunday. Hopefully I will get it by Thursday, in time to email my parents.(BTW, the day i wrote this was monday. Oh and obviously I did get my internet working.)