From Days 152 to 164: I got an internship!

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I think the highlight of the last few days is the internship position I got in San Diego. First, let me tell you that after the interview with the Sierra Club guy, I was pretty sure I was going to get the position, but the thing is, IIE would not have accepted because it was just a par-time job. Luckily, the emails I have been sending to the professors in California weren’t in vain. After the day of my interview, a professor from San Diego State University invited to work for him until August 31st. He seems really interested in having me working for him, but regardless if I will truly like the research or not, I have achieved one of the things I wanted most for the Summer: to be in California, close to LA, SF and LV! I can’t believe how easy it will be for me to visit those cities and make a GTA SA tour hahahahaha Also, San Diego is a high cost city, so I will be receiving $2100 instead of just $900 🙂

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Another important thing that has been happening is CE 581. Gosh, that thing is hard, but I have been managing to keep up with it. Barely, though. I am giving my best either way.

I bought a headset for the PS4 and I will never need another one in my life. It’s 7.1, comfortable, durable, and I am pretty sure it will work with other PS4’s (why not on the Xboxes too?)! I got 3 new games: Infamous 2, Killzone: Shadow Fall and Thief. So now I have 7 games in total. It’s difficult to resist PSN’s game deals, but I can’t buy more digital games. I prefer having the physical versions because of limited HDD space.

I got another friend now from Brazil who is living in Michigan and whenever I play, he always wants to chat with me while he watches my stream! I think what we have been doing is great, but most of the time I just enjoy playing alone. I can’t enjoy a game properly if I’m playing like that with someone.

Now, I still am undecided whether or not I will go to that kayak trip in Florida or stay here and play games in the comfort of my own room. They are both very tempting options.

From Days 145 to 152: First Week of Classes and Still no Snow!

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Ah, first weeks of classes. They were rough. I tried my best not to let everything fall apart, but… nah, just kidding! I still have everything under control!

CE 581’s first class was not terrifying, but as I keep trying to solve the homework questions, I increase-ly realize the course is more difficult than I thought. The book is rare. There are no answers to the proposed exercises. No solutions manual. All the other courses, though, will be pretty easy. MEA 250, though, has a pretty funny Chinese professor. I almost dropped the class because of his accent, but it turns out I can understand him well. I love his classes the most. Did I tell you one of my American friends is having the same class (FOR 260) with me? I had classes with her last semester in the FOR 220 course! In a way, that’s my best course this term. It’s a nice change having someone you know and like in a class. She helps me out so much! She bought me my white hard hat. Now I definitely look like an Engineer 😛

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As a final thought to the courses I’m taking this time, I have to say only CE 581 is gonna cause a lot of trouble. But as long as I pass it, I won’t have to do it in Brazil, which is totally worth it.

Going on about others things, though, I am happy to say I got a job interview for a position in Palo Alto, CA! I am truly happy I managed to get’s someone attention for an interview! I am nervous about having my first interview (and it being in English), but I really believe I can do it in an outstanding way and secure the position. That would effectively remove my worry of having to do research, even though I’ve already started sending emails to professors showing my interest.

The $900 that was supposed to come this week hasn’t come yet. Gosh, I really want to buy that Turtle Beach headset.

From Days 121 to 145: Yes, I am back!

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Wow, that’s a lot of time to cover. Where to even begin? Well, the beginning, of course. I continued playing The Last of Us and GTA V for as long as I could until I had to move to my friend’s apartment in Wolf Village. Those were pretty good days and now that I just had my first day of classes in the Spring term, I definitely miss them. I went to my friend’s apartment and actually liked being there. I liked being away from here for a while, that is, until I started missing the comfort of having my own room and not having to sleep on the couch. I hated having to eat McDonalds all the time there, and during my trips to Washington, Philadelphia and New York City. I met Michael in my friend’s place and thought he was a cool guy. I didn’t talk to any of the other ones, though. We didn’t have any reason to talk between us. In the end, I wish I could live there. It’s just bad that to do that, I would have to pay $400 extra and I don’t think it would be worth it. I’m fine here, but Wolf Village is definitely much better. I want to try cooking some things, but it’s impossible for me here since the kitchen is shared by pretty much everyone and thus, is always busy.

From Wolf Village I went to Washington DC. I was lucky, as I usually am when I got there. I walked out of the station to get a bus but ended up walking the streets looking for Union Station again. Good thing I had my phone as otherwise I wouldn’t have found it (still took me a while to find it and because of all that trouble, I missed my appointment with the hostel’s hosts). One thing I was really lucky with: I forgot my freaking debit card in the smartrip machine in the train station. Good thing I was very lucky no one saw it and I had noticed I was missing before it was too late. Afterwards, I got to the hostel and already knew I wasn’t going to like it much. The host had some problems with certain things I did and they didn’t serve breakfast (always had to have breakfast at an Au Bon Pain). DC was pretty nice. Loved the musems. Loved seeing the White House in person, as well as the Washington Monument. The people of Washington was just… pretty uneducated, but I already knew that. People from the south of the US are friendlier than in the north, even though the former is more conservative. IMG_20141223_105123

I went to Philadelphia, from DC. Did I ever tell you how much I love travelling by train? Brazil definitely needs to have something like we have here! Philly was pretty cool, but there weren’t a lot of things to do there that interested me. I saw the historical building where the Declaration of Independence was signed (seeing that place was pretty cool considering I had just seen the original Declaration in DC). There was also a penitentiary, Rocky steps and cool views of the city, but that was it. Didn’t like the transportation system there, though. If you are a student from of the region’s universities, it is pretty good, but if you are a tourist like I was, you have to buy the one day pass every day (and it’s $12) or tokens (and they aren’t cheap).

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New York was definitely the best place I visited. I stayed in an American house and the hosts were VERY, VERY friendly. I can’t emphasize enough how friendly they were. They were so friendly I didn’t expect that and felt uncomfortable there sometimes. The city had a lot of good attractions, but the best ones were paid so I had to buy the city pass. I loved going to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and MOMA the most. It was very cold there, but as I had suspected, it hadn’t snowed there (it’s snowing there now that I am already back in Raleigh ¬¬). I had to buy proper NYC winter clothes there, but gladly I got pretty lucky with the prices as there were many good sale opportunities and I was able to buy a really good winter jacket for less than half the price.

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I got back and stayed at my friend’s place again. When I got back to the apartment, I loved how the university was desert for the most part. Too many people can sometimes stress me. It felt different. Very calm. I event ordered a really good 6 cheeses and bacon pizza (loved it btw). Loved having nothing to worry about than what to play and watch. I finished Lost, TWD and Doctor Who during the Winter Break. Very productive Break, truly.