Next week will be the last one before the spring break at Cornell. I think this is a good time to reflect on what has happened during this self-project.
Last week I was offered a new computer by my advisor. The computer still belongs to the research group but I can personally use it for the next five years. I’d love a new computer, but I was even happier because my advisor seemed to officially accept me into his group. I will not need to worry about my funding during next summer. I also achieved one of the main goals of the 2015 Challenge. My effort has paid me off nicely, and thanks to the 2015 Challenge, it only took me nearly two months to persuade my advisor that I could do some research.
Other great things
The 2015 Challenge has not only allowed me to accomplish more work, but also provided me great joy in learning. Last week, while continued with my review of basic electronic circuits, I decided to re-do the projects in my Analog Integrated Circuit Design course from last semester. I did a bad job in the course, and surely I did not learn much. At the time I was even scared of doing these projects because they were difficult and time-consuming. Now it is a different story.
I made progress in the first project very quickly. I found it to be incredibly straightforward. Of course this was the second time I did it so it might be expected. However, in only four hours, I was able to surpass my work from last semester. The new amplifier design consisted of less transistors, yet had better gain and used less power. More importantly, I was having fun all along, the feeling I rarely had last semester. I can confirm now that I love electronics, and I love to be an electrical engineer.
I think I have made a huge leap during the 2015 Challenge. The effect might not be obvious at first, but I’m glad I did initiate this self-project. Unlike me from last semester, now I’m a man with a purpose. A man with a dream.