Sorry about the lack of posts this week but things have been really hectic around here. The students have been on holiday for this week and for next, so you’d expect that I would have been taking things easy. Unfortunately, not. During this past week, we’ve been running “Intro Week”, which is (as you’d quite rightly expect) an information week for prospective students. It’s totally filled with talks, IT-related activities and other fun stuff. Now, it’s fun from their point of view. Not from ours. Some of these guys had never programmed or anything before, so Monday and Tuesday were quite interesting. On Monday we gave them some HTML to do, and on Tuesday it was writing a quick C# program. Most of them gave up after around 30 minutes. That being said, there were some really bright ones that finished in 30 minutes. I’m hoping next year that I end up dealing more with the bright ones then the not-so-bright ones. It’s a pain trying to explain things to them when they don’t understand and all you want to do is scream “RTFM” at them.
On Wednesday, I had to demonstrate to them how to crimp network cables. Now, I happen to be colourblind, so I pretty much have to guess which wire goes where. For those reading this who don’t know, there are four colour-coded twisted pairs of wires (making 8 wires if you can’t do simple maths), and they have to be wired in a certain way for your network to net work. Fortunately, I surprisingly get it right 90% of the time, and fortunately for me when I was doing the demonstration, Wednesday was no exception. Which is more than can be said when we gave each student some cable, two RJ45 plugs and the crimper and let them try for themselves…
Now, all of this activity took place in the morning. In the afternoons, they all went and had fun activities away from campus. So we went from being totally active in the mornings to totally bored in the afternoons. Darryl and I ended up playing cricket in the underground parking lot most of the time. I’m totally unfit, so I’m starting to really feel the effects of that.
Today we’ve pretty much wound down. We’ve got the banks in to give information on student loans, and they’ve taken up half of my desk space. They’re probably watching what I’m typing right now. (If you are, STOP IT!) At least I can go home at 12 today.
There’ll be a lack of posts next week as well as I’ll be taking five days compulsory leave. Convieniently (or inconvieniently, depending on how you look at it), I’ve got an aunt from Australia coming out to visit. And I only get told the dates about a week ago. We have wonderful communication in our family. I was planning to spend the time to hang out with friends, but I have to accept that that may not be possible any more. Damn.