I’ve found out that our exam results are to be released on Monday from our tutors so I’m now waiting with somewhat baited breath to see how I’ve done. Its that annoying time when its been long enough since the exams to have forgotten how you thought you did and not close enough to results day to allow you to decide if you are optimistic or pessimistic about the outcome. Still hopefully all will be well and I can get on with enjoying work for the second semester modules.

Today I recieved a prize, donated by Microsoft, to the tune of £50 for my efforts in the analysis and programming coursework in my SE20 module work last semester. Third place it might have been, and £50 may not be much but out of the whole year taking the module its still something to be rather proud of.

I will be meeting a representative from Microsoft in a few weeks time along with the other two winners (congratulations to Matt and Mai - especially Matt for such an outstanding set of marks) so it should be interesting to get their views on modern software development and the rise of the open source movement, in particular my own open source project work over on RouterTech. If anyone has anything they think I should be discussing with a representative from Microsoft then feel free to contact me and I’ll try and make sure it gets mentioned in the course of my meeting with them, time permitting of course.

Today, in our first SE24 lecture Owen announced some lavish prizes!

Normally when Owen gives out lavish prizes they are of the chocolaty, coconutty variety. Today though, the prizes were for the highest marks for SE20 coursework. Although I waited with baited breath in case someone had managed to beat my 95.5% average, it was no surprise that I took first prize. A girl named Mai took second place and my esteemed colleague and house mate, Kieran won a very close 3rd place. Between us we got £200 in bonds out of Microsoft. Quite ironic that myself and Kieran are amongst the most vement anti-Microsoft students in the year.

To add to this we are now due to meet a Microsoft representative in a few weeks time. I wonder what I should say. I obviously cannot be rude, this would be bad form. On the other hand I don’t want to give them the impression that I am a fan of their company’s software (or their business ethics for that matter).

So there is no rest for the computing student as I ventured onto campus today to collect some books that I will be needing for my second semester modules starting on Monday. Despite not having any real work till Monday I decided to make the most of the weekend by sorting my timetables for my modules, undergraduate demonstrating for first year modules and sending some e-mails to various people on academic matters.

Despite only having just put my semester 1 modules to bed I’m already looking foward to my next set of modules. Some of the books I’ve checked out of the library look very interesting and give me high hopes that I’m really going to love the modules in the second semester. Its given me a great sense of being organised and productive right at the start of the semester. Hopefully this is something that will continue until the summer.

Indeed they are, and what a joy it is to have them behind me at last. Due to my exams being spread out over the whole two weeks of the univeristy exam period it really has seemed like a bit of a slog. On the whole though I feel they haven’t gone too badly at all. As ever there were panic moments during revision but I can honestly say that when I sat down in front of the papers very little gave me cause for concern and I think I managed them quite well. Just have to wait for the results now to be sure.

School of Computing students very much live by the maxim of work hard, play hard so last night seeing as the work was finally behind us we all went out and let our hair down. We left the exam at 4 and went straight to the Quilted Llama where we got ourselves some sofas and some additional seats and started chilling out and drinking. Matt and I hit the gin (Bombay Saphire no less) and seeing as it was his birthday everyone was buying him drinks. We all ended up getting pleasently drunk which was nice and left at closing time to go to the Library because they were open later. When we finally left there a few of us came home to our house and we basically stayed up all night. I ended up getting to sleep at about 6am.

Its great for exams to be over and great to have such a cool group of friends to celebrate it with :)