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Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014

2013 was another year that simply flew past.

It’s strange to think that it was almost 3 years ago that I first made the journey from Dunstable to Hull and started my degree in Computer Science.

Last year was an important year, and this one will be even more so — here’s a roundup of what happened, and a plan for what is to come.


What happened in 2013:

  • I passed my second year with an average grade of 85%
  • I had my first experience of commercial development as part of a business over the summer
  • I co-developed QuickSync — a platform for syndicating stock levels between different systems
  • I chose and started developing my Final Year Project, an Integrated Development Environment for PHP
  • I started considering alternative choices for my masters (and hopefully future PhD) and received some offers (more on that later in the year)
  • I had a lot of fun with my awesome friends at uni, and some students who spent a semester here from America.
  • I started arranging and saving for a month-long holiday to America with my housemate Rob (including meeting up with aforementioned Americans!)
  • I did loads of cool events with Microsoft, including going to Campus Party
  • I had blue hair for most of it!


What I expect (and hope!) will happen in the new year:

  • More sensible hair
  • Graduating from The University of Hull with a first class Bachelors of Science Degree in Computer Science
  • The release of my final year project as an open source initiative
  • Lots of preparation for my masters degree, including lots of maths revision and learning Java (it seems like every other university mainly teaches using Java as opposed to C#)
  • Moving from The University of Hull to another university for my Masters Degree
  • An awesome road-trip around Arizona, Nevada and California from Phoenix to San Francisco

I think that will take most of my time!

I hope you all had a great time in 2013 and wish you a fantastic 2014. Thanks to everyone who made 2013 such a special year for me, of whom there are too many to list — you know who you are. 🙂



Applying for Masters Degrees

This would be a silly reason to do a masters degree

I’ve spent much of tonight reading about myself, which has been kind of strange. No, surprisingly enough its not been some sort of ego-boosting session, but has instead been about rediscovering information about myself to put into my applications for masters degrees.

In the second semester of last year, over dinner, a few of my friends and I were discussing what we wanted to do in the future. What I want to do is continue with the academic route which I am on, doing a masters degree and then hopefully moving on to PhD.

At the moment I am enrolled on a Masters of Engineering course, which is what is referred as an Undergraduate masters. This means that rather than getting a Bachelors degree after three years, then doing a seperate year to get a Masters degree, I skip the Bachelors step entirely and come out of the 4 years with just an MEng. To sum it up in another way rather than have the post-nominal letters (letters after my name) “BSc(Hons), MSc”, I would simply have “MEng”.

Having learned that some academic institutions and employers prefer a potential student or employee to have gone through the traditional route of a bachelors followed by a masters, I thought I would look into the possibility of changing to do this myself. One option is to do a BSc and then an MSc at my current university, Hull, but I thought that I might as well look elsewhere too. Why not? 🙂

So over the next few weeks I expect to be very busy researching academic institutions, writing up research proposals and filling in online application forms. I’m excited to see what the future holds, and of course I’ll let you know right here on the blog!