Because I had my first full week of Uni this week, I’ve been pretty flat-chat. And from the looks of things, that’s not going to change any time soon.
So, this year, I’m going to Uni and I don’t think I’ve told you much about my course yet, so here are a few details. I’m studying Software Engineering, and the course will take four years. The third year is a placement year, where you go out in the real world, and work so you can apply all the skills you’ve learnt over the last two. Then you come back and finish off.
As it turns out, the first two years of this course are nearly identical to a bunch of others at the Uni I’m going to, which means the size of the group that I’m with for all the lectures is massive. Anyone who has chosen Computer Science or IT Systems, or even Game Design are all with us for this year, and many of them will still be with us throughout next year. I’ve met tonnes of people and not that many of them are doing Software Engineering. Actually, most seem to be doing Computer Science, which they claim is nearly exactly the same, but without the placement year. I’ve made a few new friends, and overall the experience has been pretty good so far.
During O’Week I went to a few introductory lectures held by the Computer Science faculty, and at one of them the presenter stated that the Uni doesn’t want people talking about them online, at all; no matter if it’s good, bad, or indifferent. On Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or anywhere else (like here), we’re not to talk about our Uni experience. They even went so far as to include “direct messaging”, because it still involves the net. Now, I can understand that they don’t want you slandering their staff, other student or the Uni, and these sorts of situations were given as examples. But to declare that we can’t say anything about them at all seems a bit over the top. The presenter did go on to say that it’s more for our own benefit, going into the future, that we should act this way so as to avoid saying or doing something that will come back to bite us. Even so, asking a roomful of people whose lives are so entangled with the internet to abstain from using it to discuss, or even mention, something that’s going to take up the majority of their time for the course of the next 3-5 years is, at best, ridiculous and, at worst, tantamount to censorship. Despite all that, the Uni, the Computer Science faculty, and even some of my subjects have their own Facebook pages, as well as various other social media accounts. Wouldn’t you say that a bit inconsistent?
Anyway, I’m going to heed their words, at least a little, and I’m not going to say what the name of the Uni is, which may Really Make It Tough to talk about things sometimes, but I’m sure I’ll cope…
Like I said, I’ve been kept pretty busy now that I’ve started Uni. I’ve even got assignments due already. So, because of this, it looks like I may not be able to blog every week. I know, I can’t believe it either…But that doesn’t mean I won’t be blogging at all. No way! I’m definitely going to keep blogging, but I may miss a few weeks here and there. I promise I’ll post at least once every two weeks, and I’ll continue to aim to write a blog every week. Hopefully, removing the pressure of every-week blogging will give me the time and breathing room to, not only do well at Uni (which is quite important!), but also to produce some better quality blog posts. I’ll also continue posting to deviantART at least once a month, because that shouldn’t be too much of a stretch. Hopefully, at some stage, I’ll also finish the redesign you may have noticed I’m in the middle of here. I hope you like the new look of the site. You can tell me what you think in comments below…
So, maybe you’ll hear from me next week, maybe not… In the meantime, you can leave me a comment in the box below, or drop me a line using the Contact page up above.
To Infinity and Beyond,