Tuesday, August 18, 2009

An Untitled Semester

It's over in a flash. Seems like it started yesterday, and yet I'm just 3 days away from the finals of the 4th year 1st semester. This has probably been the most dull semester we've ever had. The only spark of fun came from the T-10 cricket tournament that we had. Other than that, this semester's been totally boring.
But I gotta say something about a couple of courses in this semester. First up, Microwave Engineering. For those of us who took up this one instead of VLSI, it has been a decision we've regretted throughout the whole semester. Up until the very last week of the classes, I really didn't know how I would as much as get rid of this subject in the finals. But you know, even the most difficult problems can seem easy if Allah wants. And so within the 1st 3 days of the PL, I went through it like a bullet. And guess what, it doesn't seem that hard anymore, thanks to Allah. And nice to see that most of my friends who were also scared shitless about this one before, also found their ways to get around it.
Pretty much the same could be said about Power System Analysis. The course was totally untouched even when the classes were over. But this one was not like Microwave. Microwave was all theoretical, so it was more about memorizing than really understanding what's going on. But PSA is all about maths. And to solve those I needed to understand the theories behind it. Well, actually you don't necessarily have to understand the theories, if someone shows you how to do the maths, you really could. But the problem with me is, I find it really difficult to do that. Particularly in this subject, which is obviously the most important course for becoming a power system engineer, I really had to make the basics clear, cuz power has always been my first choice. So after dealing with microwave, with the help of Allah, I started digging through the text book and a copy of last semester's class lectures. After 4 days, I'm happy to say I understand the issues dealt in this course and the problems that I'm required to solve. I emphasized on 'understand' cuz that's as far as I've gone so far, I didn't get the chance to practice much. But getting the basics clear made me really happy and confident, cuz I felt this course is one those courses that really made me feel like I'm studying engineering. Thanks to Allah again.
It's really funny how you get used to things with time. Like the exams for instance. I've so become used to these pressure times of the finals, that I don't even feel the tension anymore. Once the exams are really upon me (like now), I just tend to go through the studies reluctantly. Not that I don't take them seriously though, but I just don't feel the pressure anymore. I know that things will go on as they always have, I just hope Allah helps me through it, as He always has.