Welcome to ICS Student Council

ALL ICS Students • Bi-Weekly (weeks 1,3,5,7,9) Wednesdays from 7:00pm – 8:00pm • Mac Lab (ICS2 Room 110)

WHY: We all know the ICS Community is more divided than it should be! It’s hard to figure out what’s going on in ICS. So, to bring us all together and make sure that things like ICS Day and Reverse Career Fair are lasting, we’re changing this group!

Everyone is welcome to participate!

Our Mission

To improve student life of the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences academically, socially, and professionally by creating and deepening the bonds between students, faculty, administration, companies, and alumni of the ICS School as well as similar groups outside of the Information and Computer Sciences.

Our Vision

We believe that through a strong community, we will enhance the quality of student life and ensure great jobs for students of all majors and minors within the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Science by:

  • Understanding, disseminating, and contributing to departmental decisions including curriculum, research, and hiring decisions
  • Creating a network of alumni which will provide students with opportunities to grow while in school, and opportunities after graduation to leverage that growth
  • Provide one another with tools and opportunities to become the most competitive technical experts in the world
  • Developing nontechnical skills such as leadership, team building, and advocacy outside of the classroom that will ultimately determine success in the rest of our careers
  • Informing students about the immense opportunities that are available on the UC Irvine campus, in the neighboring community, and throughout the world
  • Creating partnerships between the academics of our campus and the related industries

Google@UCI & ICSSC Present Google WebHacks

Google WebHacks (24-hour hackathon) is coming THIS SATURDAY @ 9am.

 

Presented by Google@UCI & ICS Student Council, participants will have 24 hours to create a web platform based application that utilizes various Google technologies, from Google Apps Script to the Go programming language.

This is the perfect opportunity for those interested in web development and Google technologies to learn and build something new!

WHAT: Google WebHacks
WHEN: Sat. Feb. 28 (9:00am) – Sun. Mar. 1 (9:00am)
WHERE: 5151 California Avenue Suite # 100, Irvine CA

Week 10: Lessons

HELLO ICS SCHOOL & everyone else that’s reading these,

How much I miss these editorial style blogs since the days of my high-school Edit0r-in-Chief years. These past 10 weeks, for me, were really difficult as President of ICS Student Council. We certainly had our peak events — Reverse Career Fair and Med AppJam — thrive and saw an improvement but it was surprisingly insane how much time juggling needed to go on. Between school, job, interviews, girlfriend, home, life, this quarter was definitely the boss-level that everyone loves to finish and beat.

I think I beat it, but I’m beat myself.

You know the moment when you think that everything is falling apart, when you’re not sleeping well and waking up feeling restless, and suddenly you realize that all the pieces are falling in place. After months of work, things are settling in. I experienced this over and over and over again with ICS Student Council. Case in point we worked on Med AppJam since July and yet the night before the judging ceremony, Stephanie and I were up ’til 11:00pm frantically trying to get last minute details done. How is it possible to be working on an event for 3 months and still not have everything covered? I don’t think it was bad planning, I think it was passion and excitement to flawlessly lead a great event. In order to keep sanity, you have to balance perfection with reality. The big day came and everything panned out fantastically and we had great reaction yet again from the audience and the participants. Then the feeling sets in: the unexplained reason that justifies all the countless worries that you’ve had trying to make something happen.

That’s why I’m in ICS Student Council: I love that feeling. And I have my board members and the ICSSC general members to thank for that feeling. Thank you Adrian, Austin, Dalton, Franklin, Phil, Will, and especially Stephanie. Without all of you ICS Student Council would literally collapse!

Happy Holidays everyone, kick butt on finals, and see you all in 2015!

All the best,

Delian Petrov

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.

The Week 8 Relive; A Day in the Life of a Treasurer

Wow… Eight weeks in…

We get a half week (whether it is good or bad, that is up to you).

Quarter is almost over… (That means finals… but also Winter Holiday!)

Thanksgiving marks a 4-day weekend (and shopping sprees!)…

Cyber Monday is right after… (Got to get those gaming computer parts super cheap!)

 

And looking back, we here at ICS have done so much!

 

As treasurer, I oversee a lot of fund movement. Though it seems that my job is easy, I’ve been working over the summer about our Fall events to ensure ICSSC’s perfectly planned. And I have to say, thus far, we’ve done pretty well. But this is where you (as someone involved, or wanting to get involved with ICS clubs) can take a good look at ICS through my eyes. (more…)