As 2019 wraps up, I wanted to take a moment to reflect back on some of my main accomplishments and also set my goals for 2020. This past year definitely opened a lot of doors in my life and I hope 2020 also does the same.
- Finished my first year of University
- Won an API prize at my first Hackathon
- My website/blog took off (currently with 12,000+ views)
- Got my first co-op job
- Met lots of new people, some of which are my really close friends at the moment
I definitely want 2020 to be the year where my future career takes off. It starts right now with the co-op hunt for summer 2020. My goal is to hopefully land a Software Engineering job either in Toronto or somewhere in the USA (cali or bust? 👀). So far it is just rejections and very few interviews.
I also want to start coding every day and also track that progress. To do this, I will be using my Github profile. Each time I work on a project or update my previous projects, it will show up on the chart shown below. So far, I have been consistently coding every day for about a month.
In first year, I found myself shying away from clubs and extracurriculars because I really wanted to focus on school and getting good grades. Maybe that seemed like a good idea at first, but I found myself doing better in school after joining my first intramural team. It took all the stress away and gave me something to look forward to each week. For 2020, I would like to get more involved in the Skule community, participate in more clubs and after school activities.
At the moment I am on captaining the F!rosh soccer team, a member of the ECE ambassador team, and a F!rosh Week leedur (yes, it is spelled like this).
Other than extracurriculars and clubs, I want to pull my grades up a bit. Second year ECE has already taken a toll on my average. My main school goal is to learn lecture material prior to attending the lectures.
Over the past year, this website has really taken off, especially after my last post. I have literally received 100s of emails from prospective students. I even got an offer to blog for a student life company and get paid for it. My future plans with this site are to post more, but I don’t know how that will go with the hardest semester of ECE coming up haha.
In addition, I am working on making another website from scratch where everything will be in one place – my blog posts, personal projects, and etc.
Maybe 2019 has not been the year of being the healthiest 😅, but let’s try to change that in 2020? My goals are to eat less Popeyes and to play more soccer.
I also want to get in the habit of only drinking water rather than soda and pop. I will start by carrying a water bottle with me everywhere I go so I can resist the urge to drink soda.
My sleeping schedule is also kind of destroyed at the moment, so I want to have a consistent sleeping pattern for the upcoming semester (no more all nighters, no more all nighters).
I love to travel and always find myself watching travel vlogs during my free time. I definitely see myself travelling after second semester exams and also before the next school year begins.
Places I really want to go to (not necessarily this year):
- Budapest, Hungary
- Venice, Italy
- Bali, Indonesia
- and basically every other country in the world
Although I have many goals set up for myself, I think it is better to have them written down, so you are more inclined to achieve them rather than just thinking about them in your head. Let’s see if I can keep up with them.
Have a great New Years and Happy Holidays!
Here is another picture of the legend Yixin and I from F!rosh Week 1T9.