The hardest question on the technical assessment was:
You type in www.google.com into your browser, but it doesn’t go to google. Instead, it goes to some random site that you don\’t recognize. It does that every time you try to go to google. What is the problem and how would you fix it?
DO YOU KNOW IT?! BWAHAHAHAHA.
I learned the answer to this one at an appointment…by a sudden brilliant ingenuity. It was one of those few moments that I was proud of myself because I immediately fixed the problem.
Today, I spent my first few hours…fixing computers. Because it was Cal Day (one of those open houses meant for new students), I went to the Memorial Stadium to attend a football game. Cross that off my to-do list as a Berkeley student. It wasn\’t a real football game, rather the football team against themselves. But that counts right? I got free pizza there and actually only stayed until the players were doing their warmups. Okay, I didn\’t see the game at all. But I did partake in the Cal yells and listened to the Cal Band. Yeah!
Four years ago, I also came to Cal Day. At that time, I was smug with my acceptance. It was so satisfying then too. There was no anxiety about where I would go or whether I would succeed. I wanted to brag. I knew a lot of people admired me. I was…walking tall. And I was looking forward to freshman year–a new start, a new beginning.
But now, I look back on those four years. I did the best as I could. Yet, can\’t I feel a tinge of regret? I keep wondering if I missed great opportunities by making the choices that I made. I envy the incoming freshmen. They haven\’t made any mistakes yet. They are allowed to choose the wrong major. They don\’t have to prepare for every summer. They can act like idiots and people forget easily. People are so much more willing to befriend you as a freshman. Going to graduate school, the biggest fear is that…I won\’t be able to relate. A few days ago, I had an appointment with a guy who was sooo assertive. He said what he knew. I didn\’t realize how submissive I was then…until I found myself outside the door. I had just nodded and showed my usual \”compassion\”, letting my own anxiety lead me back out instead of thinking analytically. But oh next year!
BY THE WAY, I got to TOUCH my spanking new powerbook today. I had only included an airport extreme card, but I regret not putting extra ram. Everything seemed fine…except that when I used the garageband application (some music mixing app, which looks really cool)…it kept giving memory errors. 256 mb for ram is apparently not enough. But I installed Fire and well, I can\’t get wait until I get to play with wireless!