Friday, November 26, 2010

as an undergraduate at the University of Moratuwa.. (3)

This post is part of the Series: As an undergraduate at the University of Moratuwa.

Level 4
Level 4 has become the most interesting and successful academic year (With GPA's 3.74 and 4.04 for semester 1 and 2) among the four. We were busy with final year project and a huge array of assignments, still managed everything efficiently. Our Database paper and Final year project (Mooshabaya) paper got selected to conferences held in Paris and Bangalore respectively. Somehow the final year turned me into an 'owl', which made me work more on mid-nights. Our final year was mostly group-oriented too. We have spent much of the time as the final year project group. Fortnight reports, monthly presentations and meetings. We were spending most of the time in the research lab. 

During the level 4, I was able to work as an instructor for the level 2 operating systems module, which reminded me 2007 more often. I tried to get some students into the AbiWord projects for their Programming Project module. It should be noted, that during our batch, we were just producing dummy projects most of the time, for the level 3 programming project module, which was turned as an open source module from 07CSE onwards, which is really an interesting change. I am pretty sure, that would have motivated my juniors more into open source and open source programs like Google Summer of Code. We also faced the mile stone 25 years anniversary of CSE, during our final year. As the batch, we organized IT seminars allover the island to mark the anniversary. It is an interesting fact that CSE has started on 29th of January, 1985 (exactly two years before my birthday.. :D)

The final days of the final semester were full of interviews. We all secured our jobs even before we completed the final semester. Interestingly we joined WSO2 on 13th of September, a Programmer Day. Programmer Day is the 256th day of every year, September 13th or the 12th on leap years. Our work started with a remarkable event marking the 5th year anniversary of WSO2, and it was September 17th, 2010.

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