Author - Stephanie Chang

Week 9: The Calm Before the Storm

Hello everyone!
It’s week 9, and you know what that means…

 

(kind of)

 

All jokes aside, I hope your turkey day went well! But now we’re in a weird place – the limbo between recovering from food comas and empty wallets (Cyber Monday isn’t over yet and I just ordered a bunch of stuff from Amazon oh no..) and the panic of finals. With the quarter winding down, I wanted to reflect a little on how the quarter went, and share some things with you that I have discovered along the way.

 

This quarter was probably one of the toughest for me, in terms of workload. Between ICS Student Council, work, research, and classes, I barely had any time for myself. I thought I was finally getting a hang of my time management, and looking back on this quarter (and looking toward the next two weeks), I’ve realized that I still don’t know how to properly manage my time, leading to a lot of sleepless nights and stressful days. There have been many times throughout the quarter where I would just ask myself, “why are you doing all of this?” And today, I have my answer. But let me tell you something else first.

 

One of the questions I’ve asked myself constantly, from last year (when I joined ICSSC) to now is this – why do I want to play a role in ICSSC? Why do I attend the weekly meetings and participating in putting on these (amazing) events? There aren’t any direct incentives to participating in ICSSC – there’s no academic credit, no money (although putting ICS Student Council on your resume does catch an employer’s eye sometimes). So why?

 

Here’s my answer: because student council constantly challenges me to become a better leader, student, professional, and individual. I’ll admit, I didn’t even notice these things until recently. The anxiety I used to have when sending e-mails to companies and professors, my inability to talk and be myself around new people – these are all gone (well, mostly). I can honestly say that ICS Student Council has given me skills that I will use for the rest of my life. I’ve also met amazing people that encourage me and make me want to become better.

 

So when you are studying for finals and stressing about your grades, I just want to remind you that everything you are doing and everything you are going through is going to help you become a better version of you. Oh, and you know how I said earlier how I suck at time management? Well, I’m getting better at it each day.

 

Wow, this has been an extremely cheesy post. You might be wondering – how does this apply to you? Well, as ICS students, I’d like to think that we have a secret advantage – we can make our ideas come to life, sometimes almost instantaneously. Do you want to learn a new programming language? Make your own website? Become the CEO of a startup? Do something amazing?

 

Go. Do it.
But maybe start studying for your finals first.

ICSSC’s First General Meeting of Fall 2014!

Hello friends!

First of all, thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth at the Anteater Involvement Fair this past Monday. We spoke with over 200 new faces, and we hope to get to know each of you better and see you throughout the year!

Today is the first day of classes for Fall Quarter 2014, and you know what that means – ICSSC’s first general meeting of the quarter is right around the corner. As we stated before, the first meeting will be:

Monday, October 6th @ 7:30 – 8:30 PM in the Mac Lab/Kay Family Foundation Lab (ICS2 Room 110)

Many of you have asked us where the Mac Lab is, and it is a somewhat difficult place to find. It’s located in Building #304 on this map of UCI’s Campus. Here’s another image that might help –

maclab

If you are walking into ICS Plaza from Aldrich Park, continue walking before you hit the stairs leading up from ICS Plaza to Engineering Plaza. From there, turn right and keep walking down along the classrooms and you will reach the Mac Lab.

I know these directions are kind of terrible. Don’t worry! If you still can’t find the lab, we’ll have some officers in the general area of the ICS plaza who can help guide you to the right place.

I’m really excited for this year, and I hope you are too 🙂 Hope to see you all on Monday!

ICSSC Vice President

Stephanie ChangHello everyone! My name is Stephanie, and I’ll be your Vice President for the 2014-2015 school year. I’m a third year computer science major who made the switch from being a bio major last year. I joined student council to meet new people and learn more about what exactly ICS has to offer, and I’m really glad I did!

ICSSC has given me the chance to meet a lot of amazing people and learn so much about computer science and tech in general. It has helped me develop myself both professionally and academically, and introduced me to so many new things.

This year, I want to do the same for you! I want ICSSC to continue to be a place for awesome people to get together and do cool things, from making an app to planning amazing events, like ICS Day and Med AppJam. So stop by our meetings if you’re interested! I promise you’ll have fun 🙂