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These are the final weeks. So much work going into this. It doesn't feel like it should be coming to an end. These past 12 weeks have been some of the most stressful I have experienced but I know once we present and I graduate, it will be the most gratifying thing to know that we made it. That we accomplished something when we had no idea how we were going to do it in the beginning after we figured out what our client wanted wasn't anything we had been taught. We were able to embrace the ambiguity (after the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2015 at CAPSTONE!
These are the final weeks. So much work going into this. It doesn't feel like it should be coming to an end. These past 12 weeks have been some of the most stressful I have experienced but I know once we present and I graduate, it will be the most gratifying thing to know that we made it. That we accomplished something when we had no idea how we were going to do it in the beginning after we figured out what our client wanted wasn't anything we had been taught. We were able to embrace the ambiguity (after the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2015 at CAPSTONE!
We have come to the point in the project where we have started to put everything together; to organize all of the chaos. It is a lot of information to put together in the short amount of time we have left but I know it will get done. The challenge now is putting all of the information that we divided up to research separately back together in a cohesive form so it doesn't sound like 3 people threw words onto a document. I am looking forward to the presentation and paper being done but I am definitely feeling the pressure... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2015 at CAPSTONE!
We know we are on the right track, now we just have to find something to "wow" them with. Something they do not know yet. This is hard in our situation since they have already done enough of their own research to make a decision. We are trying to get in touch with similar people to see what they say about the program to get any insight on something we have not come across yet. This will be key in persuading our client that this isn't just us telling them what they already know by redoing the research they've already... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2015 at CAPSTONE!
This past week has been one of clarification and I love that. I no longer feel like I am a monkey performing tricks just to be told "Oh yea, that's great" and then it not be what the client wants. Finally we have the direction we've been asking for from the beginning and are on the right track. With just a few short weeks left, there is SO much to do in SO little time but I am confident in my group as we start the tail-end of this journey together. We accomplished a lot this week but still have... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2015 at CAPSTONE!
I finally feel like we are on the right track for now. It is extremely stressful doing something you know hardly anything about for this project. On the other hand, I am reminded that this is how things are in the real world. Not all companies will use what I've learned in my time at UC and that doesn't make them wrong. I just wish I was able to use the things I grew so passionate about in a real world scenario. All in all, learning something new is never bad, just stressful in time crunches. Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at CAPSTONE!
So over a month and a lot of work into this and everything gets changed...again. This time to something that has very little to do with anything I've learned thus far in the program. I thought the whole point of capstone was to strengthen the things we've learned by putting them to use and right now I'm not sure if that is going to happen. This is a whole new endeavor. Starting from scratch but this time working on something none of us are familiar with is extremely intimidating and scary but I know we'll figure it out through a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at CAPSTONE!
I've always considered myself great at personal time management. Trying to match up not only group members' time, but time with our client as well, has proved to be more difficult than originally thought. It is something that is surprisingly the most stressful thing for me in all of this so far. I knew it would be difficult but not to this extent. But we shall overcome! This is going to be a busy busy week. We have another meeting with our client to catch them up on what we have done so far to see if what we are... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2015 at CAPSTONE!
So were are going into week 3 of this process and needless to say it has already been stressful. We had some issues getting our client to tell us what they actually wanted but finally, after asking more and more questions I think we finally have pinpointed what they want out of our project which is nice. It was hard to hit the ground running without the guidance and answers from them. It just sucks that we started the process for what we THOUGHT they wanted and now have to change our course but luckily it was figured out this... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2015 at CAPSTONE!
On Wednesday we had out first meeting with our client which was exciting and scary at the same time. After we got there it was really information overload. Every question we asked they had a million things to say that really didn't answer the question we asked. We met with two people who had two different ideas of what they wanted to get out of the project so it has been tough trying to figure out which one to go with. I think if we could do it differently we would have been more stern and lead the conversation more... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2015 at CAPSTONE!
We are about to embark on our capstone journey. Now that a group member is back from China we can really get rolling on the project. We have our initial client meeting this coming Wednesday with Rockfish. I am so excited but nervous as well to start. The class Monday night made me super nervous about this but I know I have a good group and the support I need to do well. So here goes nothing! I'm sure there will be a less boring post next week after the meeting has happened! Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at CAPSTONE!
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