The summer semester began for me today and the weather very much felt like summer… the temperatures this afternoon were in the upper 90s and even now, it's only just below 80. But while many people around here express their discomfort, especially outside, it's comforting to me as it's pretty much July and August in North Carolina — except lower humidity today 🙂
But in any case, I'm taking two classes for the summer. First up this morning was Systems Engineering. I think that the class has a lot to offer, but I'm not quite clear yet on how it will come together. Especially for software. And the presentation is a bit dry. The readings weren't bad, though, and I'll reserve judgement on the whole for a few classes. The work load for the class looks like it'll be pretty normal — a couple of group presentation/papers, readings and then also two individual homework assignments. I am still a little unclear about the sorts of problems we're going to be looking at for the projects, but that will almost certainly clear itself up.
Then, this afternoon I had System Dynamics with Brad Morrison. This is a class that I'm actually very excited about — the sorts of problems that get looked at in the course are interesting and I do still have a bit of a soft spot for making mathematical models for various phenomena. And as an added bonus, he professor is extremely energetic and enthusiastic about the subject and just comes across very well. The odd thing is that it looks like it's going to be a pretty small class — only about 25 people. Sure it's a fair bit of work, but that's still fewer than I expected. But given that we have a number of the full-timers doing internships this summer, I guess I shouldn't be that surprised.
Tonight, I volunteered to help out with an Information Evening for prospective students. I felt it was somewhat important to do as a year ago, I was on the other side of things. And I am pretty enthusiastic about the program and find myself enjoying talking with people about it. Hopefully a couple of the prospective students will take me up on the suggestion of sitting in on some classes too, as I think that's pretty invaluable to get an idea of what you're getting into. Was also nice to get a chance to briefly see Yoav again as he seems to be the omnipresent SDM alum 😉 Anyway, had a good time meeting with people and apologize that I had to duck out quickly, but such is life.