• Malvern Madondo

    Malvern Madondo

    Senior
    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Malvern's Bio:
    I have heard that the average human being uses 10% of their brain's potential. Whether that's true or not, this blog is a mirror of at least part of my brain's functionality and activity. It is an outlet through which I share my experiences and escapades here at CSS. I hope that in between the mixed metaphors and rambling in my posts, you find something valuable. I have an overwhelming interest learning new things and expanding my horizons (which is why I am here). Wait, I just lost my train of thought... Welcome to my 'Pensieve' ~ thinking out loud..

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    Mathematics & Computer Science

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Lessons from Sophomore Year – Part 1

Sophomore year is fun and it’s the best time in college (so far!). First, you are a little wiser than most first years, comfortable enough with your environment (possibly you now know every corner from getting lost during your first year), made a ton of friends (or something like that), and many other amazing things. In this blog post, I want to share some of the things I learned as a sophomore, now that I am officially a junior and a little wiser than most sophomores who think they are a little wiser than most freshmen who think they are wiser than most high school students and wait its a recursive loop [oops my bad]

Academics

I do not have much wisdom on this part, otherwise my GPA would have been an even number and with only 1 non-zero digit, that is twice the number two, in the beginning and zeros trailing. In other words, it would have been perfect. The reason why its not is that I did not apply most of what I learned about myself, my study habits, and other intellectual nitigrities into my sophomore year. One has to look back and reflect on what they did right and what they did wrong in order to meet the future head on. I wish I had committed myself to putting an extra effort to learn from my mistakes and apply those lessons into improving myself. Takeaway here is that learning is not enough, you must apply what you learn!

Careers

This is the best part about my sophomore year. I rocked it last year. No kidding. I applied to over 50 positions, got rejected or never heard back from 70% of those. Good thing is that the ones who got back to me taught me a valuable lesson. I learned to do technical interviews, which are a huge thing in the tech world if you ask anyone in Computer Science or on an engineering track. I got a couple or more certificates and leadership awards and I wouldn’t be any happier. All this was a result of connecting to people and reaching out. Many were quite impressed and happy that a sophomore was already taking the initiative and this gave me a competitive edge while applying. Of course it did not work out as well as I wanted – evidenced by the brutal rejections I got, but the process of doing something was invaluable.

*Keep an eye out for Part 2 coming soon!

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