my professor said the department has decided to accept me to the graduate school even tho i haven’t taken GRE yet. i can take the test as late as the fall semester. but i do want to take it this summer. not too much can go wrong now. starting the fall semester i will be getting a full scholarship for the tuition for 5 years plus TA or RA for a monthly wage studying toward a Ph.D in management science. i’m sooooooooo happy things seem to have settled quite fast
it’s SNOWING today; can you believe it? and i thought it’s going to be warm and wore sandles.
another shocking policy set up by the chinese. i just read on hailey’s blog that her school is banning all students from owning computers in their dorms. i just don’t get what is the point of that. esp. for college students, how they should treat their academic studies is their own damn business. the school treats them as if they are three year olds who can’t make mature decisions between playing games and doing homework. i always view the internet as a window of getting in touch with the world. you can meet more interesting people and learn cooler stuff from the internet than in real life. i just finished writing my personal statement for my graduate school application. i wanted to enhance the internet and human interaction with my graduate studies. and this policy makes me wonder if the people running the school really understands what today’s world is about. absolutely shocking.
i was picking up an application form from a building in my university. while waiting for the lady to get me the form, i saw this basket of candies sitting in the waiting room. i was planning to take some but then i saw mixed with them were condoms. i just wasn’t sure any more. what a combination huh? i guess condoms is not much different from candies in college. looking at the health poll at my school just makes me sick.
Poll #3 Results: How many sexual partners have you had?
11 or more: 16%
Whatever happened to learning in college?
more to what i wrote previously (which i find now extremely boring), i’m searching for advice on how to write a good personal statement for my graduate school application. some tips on this page just make me laugh so hard. i can not believe that apparently people have made the mistakes before.
* DO NOT makes misteaks in grammer, speling: or puncuation; (see how bad it looks).
* Conform to the required structural specifications (e.g., 1 page, single spaced). If no specifications are given, no more than 1 single-spaced page or 2 double-spaced pages is a good rule.
* Do not use cute fonts or colored paper.
* Show individuality without being “odd.”
* Avoid discussing personal problems, such as a recent nervous breakdown.
* Avoid clichés such as “I want to help people” or “I want to make the world a better place.” Try to be down to earth.
* Be straightforward and honest. If you have done your homework, then you honestly are applying to the schools that would serve you best.
* Tone: Write with confidence but not arrogance. Let the faculty know that you are enthusiastic, determined, and ready for graduate school. Avoid writing the statement like you know everything you need to know, and the school would be lucky to have you.
* Use active verbs to describe your experiences.
* Specificity: Demonstrate that you actively researched the school to which you are applying (e.g., type of program, emphasis on research vs. practice, general research area of faculty members, etc.) and that it would suit your goals. However, being too specific (identifying the precise type of research you want to conduct with a specific faculty member) may narrow your options and decrease you chances of being accepted.
* Proofread it, have a trusted friend or family member proofread it, take it to a writing lab on campus, and then have a faculty member read it. Then proofread it again.
there’s a lot more to say about this wacky visiting asso. professor from HongKong. he teaches my asian humanities: china class. he believes in too many superstitions (fengshui, yijing etc). for example, he puts a budda on his office window so the female ghosts won’t come and corrupt him (since he’s a scholar).
he’s also extremely obsessed with powerpoint. he was too astonished to find out that our classroom does not have a computer. he said, without powerpoint, you have no power and no point. *dies*
can you believe this small 500 page book costs $100 – well that is the book i need to buy for my required abstract algebra course for my math major. good thing i ordered the cheapest used one from amazon. with shipping it’s $72, still cheaper than the used book price at my university book store (without tax either). after i get that one, i will return the one i purchased today at school.
while i was waiting for another class, i read the first chapter of that book and actually found a couple of examples extremely amusing. *geek alert*
basically the first chapter is validating why testing can not prove math. so they gave an example. it’s a call Pell’s equation – m^2 = p*n^2+1, where p is a prime and there is a way of calculating all possible solutions of it. A spectacular example of Pell’s equation involves the prime p = 1,000,099; the smallest n for which 1,000,099n^2+1 is a perfect square has 1116 digits. THAT IS CRAZY. it’s saying you can test and test, even if for ages you can not find a contradiction to a statement, that still proves nothing. coz you never know when a contradition will occur. in that particular example the first contradiction comes when a number has 1116 digits.
another example: Gold-bach’s conjecture: every even number m >= 4 is a sum of two primes. No one has ever found a counterexample to Gold-bach’s conjecture, but neither has anyone ever proved it. at present, the conjecture has been verified for all even numbers m < 10^13 by H.J.J. te Riele and J.-M. Deshouillers. It has been proved by J.-R. Chen that every sufficiently large even number m can be written as p + q, where p is prime and q is "almost" a prime; that is, q is either a prime or a product of two primes. Even with all of this positive evidence, however, no mathematician will say that Gold-bach's conjecture must, therefore, be true for all even m.
so my research project for the next semester has started early. i had a couple of options. i chose to learn c# and help building this IE addtion component like google toolbar for a specialized search engine for my professor. he warned me it’s gonna be hard. yes it will be challenging since i have very little experience programming in windows environment. but i do want to learn. he told me to start with this tutorial. right now i haven’t been able to compile the source code. i’m not familiar with visual studio or COM. it will be a very enjoyable class if there’s an offer. i’m a horrible self learner. i’d prefer lectures 100 times over reading a textbook. hrm but yea if i do plan going to grad school, i’d better overcome that. btw, i looked over GRE last week. not pretty. it’s just like SAT only tougher. good thing i’m not really shooting for a very high score if i plan to stay in iowa. the registration fee hurts tho: $113 per test.
WEB PROGRAMMING A
ADV INFO/KNWLDG A
CIV OF ASIA: CHINA A
PROGRAM LANG CONCEP A-
so i guess i got A- in that class i hate. not that i hate the material. i just hate the grading. oh whatever, it could have been worse. at least my over all GPA is still 3.86. my high standards pretty much had gone down by this point in college. around 3.86 is fine with me XP
delightful – i finished my last 7:30am final. i was struggling with one of the haskell problem on the exam but i think i nailed it at the end. 10 minutes before the end of the exam. the exam is two hour long. i finished everything except problem 4 by 8:30am. then i dived into problem 4. for 40 minutes i’ve tried many different approaches and finally i got it. however redundant it could be, at least i believe it solves the problem correctly.
i also got my TA’s email telling me i scored 100/100 on the last homework. i haven’t been happy with the class if you read my complaints here and here but maybe i will end up with an A coz i’ve been hearing a lot of “i didn’t study” “i have no idea what i’m doing” kinda comments from my classmates before the exam. at least i do know what i am doing even if i will never touch haskell or prolog again.
school has been going great. in our perl class, we soon will be finishing the lessons on perl programming and dive into a research for the rest of the semester. i can basically do anything internet related research using perl. one of my ideas my professor liked is trying to research what kind of blog entries on personal blogs attract comments. for this, i will need quite some data to work with. i emailed livejournal if they’d give me a stats of the top 500 most commented entries. it seems they don’t have that available and is unwilling to provide any help *shurg* i guess i will just have to build my own survey for all people who own a personal blog
something pretty interesting i learned today from my professor. of course you might already know this. i’ve just been doing something quite dumb this whole time.