Bye Bye

Sonntag, 01. Februar 2009, 14:30 Uhr von Felix

Last weekend was another weekend of saying goodbye. Sunday, Chris and I went into town in order to do one last time what we did in the beginning of the semester: ramblin’ through Dublin.

We meandered through the streets, had a snack or two and went into the usual shops (HMV, Tower Records etc.). Later, after a lot of to and fro, we met Lena and a German friend of her. We repeated the whole story, but this time we blended in some culture and visited Dublin City Gallery. There we sneaked a peek Francis Bacon’s studio – a perfect mess. If you think your office is messy, think again.

In the evening I had to say goodbye to Chris and Lena. A goodbye in the LUAS; it was somehow unreal. Both of them left Ireland last week and I really hope that I will meet them again. From the very first day Chris and I had a great time. Bye, Chris! I got to know Lena during our work on our CA in CSR and have the impression that we should have spent more time doing fun stuff together. Maybe we can still do that back in Germany?! Bye, Lena!
After a nice day in town, I had to pack my bags for my next adventure.

Marathon

Samstag, 10. Januar 2009, 16:40 Uhr von Felix

Last weekend was great! Yoann asked everyone to come to the Metro on Saturday, his birthday. Although one could already hear the bad 90s music from hundreds of metres distance, it was pretty cool. Almost everyone, who was already back in Tallaght, showed up and we really had a great time together. I haven’t had so much fun while going out in months.
The day after, Thomas, Chris and I were invited to come to Anna for dinner (yummi wraps!) and I helped her migrating all her data from her old laptop to her red, new Dell. Did I already mention that I could possibly start working right away as a customer service representative for them right away? I already helped and gave advice to so many people that configured and ordered Dell laptops over here that I would like to ask: “Where is my bonus, Mister Dell?”

Enter Examinations:
Wed, 12:30-14:30 Corporate Social Responsibility
Thu, 15:30-17:30 Management and Organisational Behaviour
Fri, 09:30-11:30 Human Resource Management
Fri, 12:30-14:30 Economics 1
Fri, 15:30-17:30 Software Development 5

“O horror, horror, horror! Tongue nor heart
Cannot conceive nor name thee!”

Macbeth, Act 2, Scene 3

Fortunately, this is last week’s exam time-table and not this week’s. This means: it’s already part of the past. Yay! Despite the circumstances, the exams went pretty well. Of course, I was not able to learn and prepare everything to the extent that I originally wanted to, but my instincts did not let me down and I correctly identified the most important aspects and learned them.

However, I am not very happy with the exam as well as my performance in Software Development. I do not know if it was just me, but there were way to many small syntax questions, where you could write everything in between two short sentences and a full-fledged thesis. Thus, time became an issue.
In my opinion, some of the questions were a bit stupid. If there are more searches than inserts, why would you keep things sorted by regularly sorting them instead of inserting at the right spot in the first place? And why the hell would you want to use a Bubblesort? Moreover, as often in class, there was a lack of sound object-orientation in the interfaces that had to be implemented as specified.
Of course, fatigue reared its ugly head after all these hours of examination and my performance (as well as my handwriting) went dooown. But I am not too worried: the examination only makes about half of the grade and the CAs and lab work hand-ups that make up the other one were almost perfect. More than 95% I think.

After this examination marathon, there is one more exam next Friday: Innovation and Entrepreneurship. I thought I deserve one or two days off now to recharge my batteries. So yesterday evening, Herr Doktor and I went to meet Tom at his place, where we chilled and played some games on the Xbox 360. Boy, it was good to see him again and I’m looking forward to tonight, because we’ll probably go out with some other guys that I haven’t really seen in a while (Chris!).

Free!

Sonntag, 07. Dezember 2008, 01:25 Uhr von Felix

After the presentations I met Manon and Lena, because we wanted to finish our CA in Corporate Social Responsibility. While the girls added content to the conclusion and recommendations, I built the document in LaTeX, which was not too easy, because Manon used a rather complex multi-row and multi-column table. I stayed up until about four o’clock and got up pretty early in order to correct some mistakes, reword some awkward sounding lines and polish the layout. I think it was worth it. The result looks great!

On Friday at half past eleven we went to the reprographics centre to print our 33 (!) pages project on the CSR approaches of five major companies in the Irish economy and get a binding. The monotonous sound of the printer was so nice; like music in our ears!

After handing in our project, we all went to Starbuck’s in Tallaght to get a big mug of cappucino and a sweet, tasty muffin. We deserved it! Now, I’m done with all my CAs for this semester. Finally, I’m free. Whopee!

I’m still breathing

Samstag, 15. November 2008, 14:03 Uhr von Felix

Due to the written assignments in HRM, MOB and CSR, I did not find the time to blog – you probably already noticed that. Unfortunately, this won’t change anytime soon. Therefore I’ll just summarise the last days briefly: Diesen Beitrag weiterlesen »

Studying at ITT Dublin

Dienstag, 14. Oktober 2008, 17:49 Uhr von Felix

Finally, I have all my learning agreements. Althought some still lack a signature, I’d like to take this as a reason to tell you about my courses: Diesen Beitrag weiterlesen »